Professor Iankova's expertise and research interests are in the area of business, government and civil society relations. Her book Eastern European Capitalism in the Making (Cambridge University Press, 2002) traces the metamorphosis of this relationship in the post-communist region after the fall of communism. She has been awarded a German Marshall Fund Fellowship, a National Council for Eurasian and East European Research grant, and a U.S. Department of Education fellowship to conduct research on the new Europe after the fall of communism. Her new book Business, Government and EU Accession: Strategic Partnership and Conflict (Lexington Books, 2009) is the first comprehensive study that explores how accession to the EU has affected the relationship between business and government in post-communist countries.
Iankova has also conducted research on political risk management strategies of multinational corporations in the transition economies of the post-communist region, as well as on the impact of the multinational corporation on community development and on other socially responsible business practices. Her research findings have been published in Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations Journal, Journal of World Business, Journal for East European Management Studies, East European Politics and Societies, as well as in edited volumes. At Johnson , Iankova teaches MBA-level courses Business in Transition Economies, Business and European Enlargement, International Political Risk Management, and Global Citizenship. She received her master's and PhD degrees from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and her undergraduate degree in sociology from Sofia University, Bulgaria.