Tamara Popic is a Ph.D. researcher at the European University Institute (EUI). She holds a Master of Research from the European University Institute, a Master of Social Sciences from Humboldt University Berlin, and was a visiting student at the Graduate School of Political Science at Duke University. She is currently working as a research assistant at the Max Weber Programme for Postdoctoral Studies at the EUI.
Popic’s doctoral thesis focuses on the politics of healthcare reforms in post-communist countries of Eastern Europe. More broadly, her research interests include topics in the politics and political economy of healthcare, social policy reforms, and theories of institutional change. Her work, presented at various international conferences, investigates the impact of ideas, institutions, and professional interests on healthcare policymaking, marketization of healthcare in Eastern Europe, and changes in European social policy in the context of the recent economic crisis.
In summer 2014, Popic will be teaching a course on Neo-Institutional Approaches in the Study of Social Norms and Institutions at Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf in Germany.