Adam Lenton

Areas of Expertise

Nationalism and Ethnicity, Political Integration, Former Soviet Union, EU, Political Theory

Major- Comparative Politics

Minor- Political Theory

Adam is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University. His research focuses on the connections between nationalism, political development, and security, specializing in Russia and the former Soviet Union. His research has been published in Problems of Post-Communism and Russian Politics. His dissertation, Echoes of Empire: Subnationalism and Political Development in the Russian Federation, engages in a comparative, cross-case study of Russia’s 21 ethnic republics to unpack the historical and elite origins of subnationalism. This project has been supported by the Harriman Institute of Columbia University and funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York. He has also developed and taught a range of courses at both George Washington University and Sciences Po, ranging from international relations to identity politics and modern Russian politics. Beyond research and teaching, he has contributed to The Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia)Riddle.Russia, and in 2022 was selected as a fellow for the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia.



M.A. in International Relations, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Russia

M.A. in International Security, Sciences Po Paris, France

B.A. in Russian and International Relations, University of Exeter, UK


Lenton, A. C. (2022). Why didn’t Ukraine fight for Crimea? Evidence from declassified National Security and Defense Council proceedings. Problems of Post-Communism, 69(2), 145-154. doi:

Lenton, A. C. (2021). Office Politics: Tatarstan’s Presidency and the Symbolic Politics of Regionalism. Russian Politics, 6(3), 301-329. doi: