Alina – Carmen Brihan


Alina – Carmen BRIHAN is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and Communication Sciences, IRISPSC Faculty, University of Oradea, and the chairperson of the Commission for Students and Social Issues in the Senate of the University of Oradea.

She has BA degrees in Political Science („Babeș – Bolyai” University, 2000) and in Law (University of Oradea, 2012), and MA degrees in International Relations („Babeș – Bolyai” University, 2002) and European Studies (Faculty of Law and Political Science, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, France, 2003). She holds a PhD in History (University of Oradea, 2015) and a post-doctoral degree in History (University of Oradea, 2020).

Since 2005, she has gained practical experience in the field of political counseling – as a parliamentary adviser of MPs from the Romanian Parliament (Chamber of Deputies and Senate), MEP assistant, political campaign coordinator or communication counselor for local and parliamentary elections.

In the last 19 years, she has also gained professional experience in writing and implementing projects with local, national and international funding (PHARE, CNCSIS, CEEX, UNDP, POSDRU, etc.) – as a project coordinator or member of the research teams, as well as she was involved in various project activities – as a lecturer or trainer in the field of communication.

During 2003 – 2004, she was Teaching Development Program (TDP)’s Fellow (Civic Education Project – Romania & Bulgaria Program, Open Society Institute) and Returning Scholars Fellowship Program (RSFP)’s Fellow (Academic Felowship Program, Higher Education Support Program (Open Society Institute) (2004 – 2005) and she is currently the coordinator of the Jean Monnet Module “Raising Awareness and Strengthening the Use of Mechanisms for Influencing the EU Decision-Making”, funded by the European Commission.

She is the author, co-author or coordinator of 7 specialized books and author of over 40 articles and reviews published in nationally and internationally recognized journals. She teaches courses and seminars on disciplines such as: “European Institutions and Policies”, “European Union Governance”, “Levels of influence in the European decision-making process”, “Shaping the influence of the EU policies, from different sectors”, “History of European Integration”, „International and Regional Governance”, etc.

”Whoever is afraid of feminism, is afraid to admit and accept that, fundamentally, women are strong beings. In various societies, over centuries, political leaders have made use of many skills and tricks to keep women power under control. On the other hand, power comes with responsibility – always. Admitting that you are strong means taking responsibility for this power. Sometimes that overwhelms.”

Liliana Popescu
Vice-Rector SNSPA
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