Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998
Russian politics, comparative politics, security studies
Politics of Russia
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics
Comparative Civil-Military Relations
Politics and the Military
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),
"Intelligence," in Andrei P. Tsygankov, ed., The Routledge Handbook of Russian Foreign Policy (New York: Routledge, 2018), pp. 153-167. With Mikhail A. Strokan.
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.
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
I am currently writing a short introductory book on Russian
politics. I also am conducting research on Russian security policy and
Russian elite politics.