Karol Soltan is an associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Professor Soltan has also served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. In addition, he has taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Warsaw, the National School of Public Administration in Warsaw, and he spent a semester as a Visiting Scholar at the School of Law in the University of Toulouse.
Professor Soltan was co-founder of the Conference Group on Jurisprudence and Public Law and of the Committee for the Political Economy of the Good Society. In 2000 he served as Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Office of Political, Constitutional and Electoral Affairs of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor, and for two months he was also Acting Cabinet Member for Political Affairs in the Transitional Government of East Timor. From 2003 to 2005 he directed the Recovered States Task Force as part of the Project on Fragile States for USAID and during the summer of 2005 he spent a month in Iraq as an advisor to the Kurdistan government in the negotiations on the Iraqi constitution.
Professor Soltan earned his Ph.D. and two M.A.'s from the University of Chicago. He earned his A.B., magna cum laude, from Harvard College.