Bio

Stephen Crowley is Professor of Politics at Oberlin College, where he is Chair of the programs in Russian & East European Studies, and Peace & Conflict Studies. He has written widely on labor politics and labor protest in Russia and Eastern Europe, including in the Donbass region of Ukraine.

Project Summary

What impact might labor protest have on Putin’s political legitimacy? While Putin weathered a wave of protests in 2011-12 from middle-class demonstrators in Moscow and St. Petersburg, it remains to be seen whether he can survive working class strikes based in Russia’s industrial heartland.  With Russia’s now-troubled economy, labor protests are on the rise, and even if they don’t pose a direct threat to Putin’s regime, the cost of dampening them -- by propping up Russia’s many unprofitable industrial enterprises -- poses a considerable challenge to Russia’s economic and political stability.

Major Publications

Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective (co-editor)

Workers after Workers’ States: Labor and Politics in Postcommunist Eastern Europe (co-editor)

Hot Coal, Cold Steel: Russian and Ukrainian Workers From the End of the Soviet Union to the Post-Communist Transformations

Previous Terms

Short-Term Scholar. Professor, Oberlin College. "Labor Relations and Monogoroda in Putin's Russia." May 19, 2014 - Jul 19, 2014. Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant. Associate Professor, Oberlin College. “Labor Protest in the Putin Era.” August 01, 2009 - September 01, 2009. East European Studies Scholar. Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Oberlin College. “East European Labor, Varieties of Capitalism, and the Expansion of the EU.” May 01, 2006 - August 01, 2006. European Studies Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Scholar. Associate Professor, Department of Politics, Oberlin College. "Labor Conflict and Relative Prosperity in Putin's Russia." August 2004. Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant. Associate Professor, Oberlin College. “Labor in the Former Soviet Union.” August 2000. Kennan Institute Research Grant. Associate Professor, Oberlin College. “Workers’ Responses to the Political and Economic Transformations in Post-Communist Russia.” June 01, 1997 – August 01, 1997. Kennan Institute Title VIII-Supported Short-Term Grant . Associate Professor, Oberlin College. “Labor Politics in Contemporary Russia and Ukraine.” August 01, 1993 - September 01, 1993.

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