Ella Paneyakh, PhD (kandidat nauk) is a Docent at the Sociology Department, National Research University Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg campus. In 2009-2015 she worked as a professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St. Petersburg, and as a Director and Senior researcher for the Institute for the Rule of Law in the same university. Previously, she studied as a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department of the University of Michigan (2002–2009), and received an M.A. from the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the European University at St. Petersburg (2001). In 1996, she received a specialist diploma in Economics in the St. Petersburg University of Economics and Finance.

Ella Paneyakh has been a columnist for Vedomosti since 2002 and is a member of the Redkollegia Award panel. She has also written for Forbes-Russia, The New Times, “RBC-daily”, “”, “Novaya gazeta”, “”, “”, “”, “”, “”, Inliberty, “Otechestvennye zapiski”, “”,,, Eurozine, etc.

Her major publications include:

  • Paneyakh E. and D. Rosenberg. The Courts, Law Enforcement and Politics, in: D. Treisman (ed.)/ The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin's Russia. Brookings Institution Press, 2018
  • Paneyakh et al. Trajectory of a Criminal Case: Institutional Analysis. EUSPb, 2018 (in Russian)
  • Faking performance together: systems of performance evaluation in Russian enforcement agencies and production of bias and privilege.// Post-Soviet Affairs (2014) 30.2-3: 115-136.
  • The Practical Logic of Judicial Decision Making, Russian Politics & Law, 54:2-3, 138-163
  • Transactional effects of Dense Regulation in Inter-Organizational Bureaucratic Processes. Case of Russian Criminal Justice System. Politeia, #2, 2011 (in Russian)
  • Rules of the Game for Russian Entrepreneur. Moscow: Co-libri, 2008 (in Russian)