Director, Harriman Institute
Marshall D. Shulman Professor of Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
Columbia University | Political Science
Welcome to my webpage. I am a professor of political science at Columbia
University and the Director of the Harriman Institute, although I am on
leave from the Directorship for the academic year 2012-13. Thanks to a
generous three-year grant from the Russian government, I am also the
Director of the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (CSID)
at the Higher Economics School in Moscow.
I received a B.A. in Russian language and literature from Middlebury College
in 1986, an M.A. from the School of International and Public Affairs at
Columbia University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia
University in 1997. My research and teaching interests are in comparative
politics and political economy with a focus on Eurasia, including, Russia,
Central Asia, and Europe.
My most recent book is Building States and Markets After Communism: The
Perils of Polarized Democracy published
by Cambridge University Press in 2010 was a awarded a best book prize for
2010 by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political
Science Association and the 2010 Hewitt Prize for the best book published in
political economy by Association of Slavic East European and Eurasian
I have worked as a consultant for a number of organizations, including the
World Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the
Bloomberg Foundation, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Follow this link to my complete curriculum vitae.