Professor and Chair, Political Science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
Comparative politics, Russian politics
Politics of Russia
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Comparative Civil-Military Relations
Politics and the Military
Code of Putinism
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming 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
Russian Siloviki and Political Change.” Daedalus Vol. 146, No. 2 (Spring
“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.
“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.
research focuses on the role of state coercive organizations, such as the
military and the police, in domestic politics. Additional interests include comparative
state-building and civil-military relations. My geographic area of
specialization is Russia and the post-Soviet region.
I am currently writing a book on Putinism. I also am
working on several papers about the Russian siloviki (security,
military, and law enforcement personnel).