March 2018- Maija Harkonen, executive director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, taught a three-week course in November 2017 at Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Harkonen’s 50 graduate students are studying to be diplomats or to work in international business fields. Her course topic: “U.S. Foreign Policy and Russia: Challenges and Opportunities.”


March 2015- St. Mary’s College of Maryland is pleased to announce the appointment of Maija Harkonen as executive director of the Center for the Study of Democracy. Harkonen officially assumed her post on Tuesday, March 10.

Harkonen comes to St. Mary’s College from Helsinki, Finland, where she served as director of strategic partnerships for the Finnish Consulting Group International, Ltd. Prior to FCG, Harkonen led international business development efforts, with a focus on Europe and China, for the U.S. private sector. She holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The Center for the Study of Democracy at St. Mary’s College promotes the examination of historical issues related to democracy and liberty on national and international levels. The program boasts success in political education and civic engagement through lectures, conferences and internships. To learn more about The Center for the Study of Democracy and to view upcoming events, visitwww.smcm.edu/democracy.