Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College


Jeanne Wilson

Jeanne Wilson

Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies
International Relations Coordinator

Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University
A.B., University of Michigan

Main Interests

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.

Research Interests

I am working on  a project--envisioned in its ultimate format as a book-- dealing with Russian and Chinese discourse and policy on soft power

Teaching Interests

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.

Recent Publications

"Russia and China Respond to Soft Power: Interpretation and Readaptation of a Western Construct," Forthcoming in Politics.

"Soft Power: A Comparison of Discourse and Practice in Russia and China," Forthcoming in Europe-Asia Studies.

"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).

Student Projects


In the 2013-2014 academic year, I supervised two honors thesis. William Scott (a political science and economics major) wrote on the demise of American power, while Maria Smerkovich, an international relations major investigated Russian foreign policy toward Syria.  Past student projects have included labor migration from Central Asia to Russia, and environmental issues in China.