Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies
Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University
A.B., University of Michigan
My primary interest is in comparing Russian and Chinese political behavior in response to both domestic and foreign policy challenges.
I am also interested in the politics of post-Communist states, and more broadly, issues of comparative politics and international relations.
My most recent research project compared elite discourse in Russia and China on democratization.
I have now working on a project dealing with Russian and Chinese political attitudes and behavior with respect to issues of power. Currently, I am comparing Russian and Chinese discourse and policy initiatives on soft power.
Russian Domestic Politics, Russian Foreign Policy, Chinese Domestic Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy, Introduction to International Relations, Theories of International Relations, National Identity in the Post-Soviet Space, International Security Policy, Senior Seminar in International Relations/Comparative Politics.
"Discourse on Democratization by Russian and Chinese Political Elites," East European Politics, Vol. 28, Issue 2, July 2012, 144-162.
"The Legacy of the Color Revolutions for Russian Politics and Foreign Policy," Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 57, No. 2 (March-April 2010), 21-36.
"China, Russia, and the Taiwan Issue: The View from Moscow," in James A. Bellacqua, ed. The Future of China-Russia Relations (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010), 293-311.
"Colour Revolutions: The View from Moscow and Beijing," Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 25, Issues 2 and 3 (June 2009), 369-395. Also published in Stephen White and David Lane (eds), Rethinking the Coloured Revolutions (New York: Routledge, 2010).
"Emerging Capitalism in Russia and China: Implications for Europe," (with Sheila M. Puffer and Daniel J. McCarthy), European Journal of International Management, Vol. 1, Nos.1/2, 2007, 146-165.
"The Impact of the Demise of State Socialism on China," in David Lane, ed. The Transformation of State Socialism (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2007), 269-285.
"China's Transformation toward Capitalism," in David Lane and Martin Myant, eds. Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Socialist Countries (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2006), 239-257.
Strategic Partners: Russian-Chinese Relations in the Post-Soviet Era (Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 2004).
Recent student projects that I have supervised include three senior honors theses during the 2011-2012 academic year. Mark Anderson (International Relations 2012) wrote on China’s energy policies. Katie Mosher (International Relations 2012) researched the migration of workers from Central Asia to Russia, and Yuri Kamihagi (International Relations 2012) compared religion and state policy in Bhutan and China.