B.A. Religious Studies, Pomona College; Ph.D. Political Science, Columbia University


  • Professor and Director of Russian and Eurasian Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, 1987-present
  • Assistant and Associate Professor of Soviet Studies, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, 1974-1987
  • Assistant Director, Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1971-1972


Russian studies, State-building, nationalism and interstate relations in Russia and Eurasia

Project Summary

The project will examine contemporary Russia's geopolitical opportunities, tools, and constraints, and will compare them with comparable factors in earlier Russian history (especially Soviet history.)

Major Publications

  • Russia and the New States of Eurasia: The Politics of Upheaval. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994) (with Karen Dawisha).
  • The International Politics of Eurasia. (Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, 1994-1997, 10 volumes; senior editor and contributor).
  • Democratization and Authoritarianism in Post-Communist Societies (New York: Cambridge UP, 1997, co-editor and contributor, 4 volumes).
  • "Russia's Post-Soviet Upheaval" in Abbott Gleason, ed., A Companion to Russian History (2010).

Previous Terms

Jun 01, 1986 - Dec 01, 1986: "The Politics of Soviet National-Security Policymaking"