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Brian Taylor

Brian Taylor

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345 Eggers Hall

Brian Taylor

Professor, Political Science Department


International Security Theory

Politics of Russia

Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

Comparative Civil-Military Relations

Politics and the Military

Research Design

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998

Areas of Expertise

Russian politics, comparative politics, security studies

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the realm of Russian politics. Much of my research has focused on the development of the Russian state, with particular attention to state coercive organizations, such as the military and the police. I also have written on Russian elite politics, including the nature of Putinism as a mentality and political system. Additional interests include comparative state-building and civil-military relations. 

Research Grant Awards and Projects

I am currently writing a short introductory book on Russian politics. I also am conducting research on Russian security policy and Russian elite politics.



The Code of Putinism (Oxford University Press, 2018)

State Building in Putin's Russia: Policing and Coercion After Communism (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2003). 

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

"What Happened to Soviet Security Studies?: An Essay on the State of the Field." Russian Politics Vol. 4, No. 2 (June 2019), pp. 196-210. 

"Intelligence," in Andrei P. Tsygankov, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 153-167. With Mikhail A. Strokan.

“The Russian Siloviki and Political Change.” Daedalus Vol. 146, No. 2 (Spring 2017), pp. 53-63.

“The Transformation of the Russian State,” in Stephan Leibfried, Evelyne Huber, Matthew Lange, Jonah D. Levy, Frank Nullmeier, and John D. Stephens, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 637-653.

“From Police State to Police State? Legacies and Law Enforcement in Russia,” in Mark  Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin, eds., Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 128-151.

“Police Reform in Russia: The Policy Process in a Hybrid Regime.”  Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 30, Nos. 2–3 (2014), pp. 226–255.