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Marlène Laruelle

Former Fellow


    September 1, 2005 — May 31, 2006

    Professional affiliation

    Director and Research Professor, Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs; Director, Central Asia Program, The George Washington University; Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia)

    Wilson Center Projects

    "The Teaching of Nationalism among Post-Soviet Russia's Higher Education System: Cultural Determinism as a Response to Globalization"

    Full Biography

    Marlene Laruelle, Ph.D., is an Associate Director and Research Professor at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University.  Dr. Laruelle is also a Co-Director of PONARS (Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia) and Director of GW’s Central Asia Program. Dr. Laruelle has recently authored Russian Nationalism. Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields (Routledge, 2018) and edited Entangled Far Rights. A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the 20th century (Pittsburgh University Press2018) as well as Eurasianism and the European Far Right. Reshaping the Russia-Europe Relationship (Lexington, 2015).


    B.A. (1994) Slavic Studies, National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO), Paris; M.A. (1997) Slavic Studies, INALCO, Paris; M.A. (1996) Political Science, Paris II-Assas; Ph.D. (2002) History, INALCO, Paris


    • Post-doctoral Fellow at the French Institute for Central Asia Studies, Tashkent, Uzbekistan (2002-05)
    • Doctoral Fellow of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Russia, Moscow and Petersburg (2000-02)






    Political philosophy and theories of nationalism; Russian history; post-Soviet political and intellectual developments in contemporary Russian Federation and Central Asia

    Major Publications

    • L'idéologie eurasiste russe ou comment penser l'empire [Russian Eurasianism. A Imperial Ideology], Preface by Patrick Sériot, Paris, L'Harmattan, 1999, 423 p.
    • Les Russes du Kazakhstan. Identités nationales et nouveaux Etats dans l'espace post-soviétique [Russians in Kazakhstan. National identities and new States in the Post-Soviet space], Preface by Catherine Poujol, Paris, Maisonneuve & Larose, 2004, 354 p., co-authored with Sébastien Peyrouse
    • Mythe aryen et rêve impérial dans la Russie tsariste [The Aryan Myth and Imperial dream in the Tsarist Russia], Preface by Pierre-André Taguieff, Paris, CNRS-Editions, 2005, 223 p.

    Previous Terms

    September 2005 - May 2005: Kennan Institute Fellow: The main task of the fellowship is the preparation and writing of a single-authored book. Nowadays, a large number of Russian universities offer classes or even degrees in culturology, geopolitics, conflictology, ethno-politology or "science of Russia". These notions are in favour of a great Russian power and could be studied as the post-Soviet intellectual circles' response to globalization. This research on the institutionalization of a new type of academic nationalism might prove helpful in the assessment of the true extent of this new form of Russian nationalism and of the part played by the ‘Putinian' political power in this attempt to create a new patriotic ideology that is relayed through school and university.