Brian Taylor

Professor and Chair, Political Science


Contact Information

100 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-3713
Curriculum Vitae
Brian Taylor CV


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

Research Design



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

"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.

Research Interests

My 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.

Research Projects

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).