Department of Government | Cornell University


I am the Aaron Binenkorb Professor of International Studies and Professor of Government at Cornell University. My primary field is comparative politics and, secondarily, international relations. My research and teaching address comparative democratization, comparative authoritarianism, international democracy promotion (primarily by the U.S.), and inter-ethnic cooperation and conflict.

My geographical focus is eastern and central Europe and the Soviet successor states, though my comparative interests extend to Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. 

I am the author of Subversive Institutions: The Design and the Collapse of Socialism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and Do New Leaders Make a Difference? Executive Succession and Public Policy Under Capitalism and Socialism (Princeton University Press, 1981). I am the co-author of Democratizing Elections in Mixed Regimes: International Diffusion, Transnational Networks, and Local Struggles (with Sharon Wolchik, under review at Cambridge University Press), and co-editor of Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Postcommunist World (with Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss. Cambridge University Press, 2009).

My C.V. can be accessed here
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