Florin is a researcher at the Center for the Study of Democracy in the Department of Political Science, „Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj, Romania.  He received a BA in Political Science from “Babes-Bolyai,” MA degrees from Central European University and University of Rochester, and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  His research interests include the study of extreme right-wing parties and the determinants of support for the extreme right, Euroskepticism, democracy and democratization, and the effects of civic education on political culture.  Among his publications are entries for The Sage Encyclopedia of Campaigns, Elections, and Electoral Behavior (2008; edited by Kenneth Warren), and two chapters, “The Democratic-Liberal Party as a Successful Catch-All Party” and “Migration and Political Tolerance in Romania” (the latter co-authored with Raluca Viman-Miller) in Romania under Băsescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during his First Presidential Term (Lexington Press, 2011, edited by Ronald King and Paul Sum).