|Professor Hobart and William Smith / internationally renowned scholar of Eastern European politics|
David Ost is professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. He has written widely about Eastern European politics and is a leading expert on Poland. He is author of Workers After Workers' States: Labor and Politics in Postcommunist Eastern Europe (2001). According to Professor Ost, "It is possibilities and alternatives that I've always been interested in. As a student I learned Russian and Polish, studied in Moscow and then lived in Poland in order to research and write about the historic "Solidarity" movement that took power in 1989. My extensive travels abroad, and my rich contacts with scholars and friends in countries worldwide, allow me to understand much more than Eastern Europe, and directly inform my new research on changing international relations in the context of globalization and American dominance. Since politics is always about what we ought to do in the future, I have much more exploring still to do. We learn good answers only when we ask good questions."