Evgeny Finkel

Evgeny Finkel

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 419
Phone: 202-994-3764
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Comparative politics; political violence; genocide studies; Holocaust; Central and Eastern Europe; Israel

Professor Finkel was born in Ukraine and grew up in Israel. His research interests include political violence, genocide, East European and Israeli politics. His dissertation was awarded the American Political Science Association Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics. Professor Finkel is the author of Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017). He has published articles in the American Political Science ReviewComparative Political StudiesComparative PoliticsDemocratization, and several other journals.

Current Research

Professor Finkel is currently working on several projects that study the causes and the impact of political violence in Eastern Europe and Israel/Palestine.


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2012

M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008

B.A., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2004



Finkel, Evgeny. 2017. Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Dower, Paul, Evgeny Finkel, Scott Gehlbach, and Steven Nafziger. Forthcoming. “Collective Action and Representation in Autocracies: Evidence from Russia’s Great Reforms.” American Political Science Review

Charnysh, Volha and Evgeny Finkel. Forthcoming. “The Death Camp Eldorado: Political and Economic Effects of Mass Violence.” American Political Science Review

Finkel, Evgeny. 2015. “The Phoenix Effect of State Repression: Jewish Resistance during the Holocaust.” American Political Science Review. 109(2), pp. 339-353

Finkel, Evgeny, Scott Gehlbach, and Tricia Olsen. 2015. “Does Reform Prevent Rebellion? Evidence from Russia’s Emancipation of the Serfs.” Comparative Political Studies. 48(8), pp. 984-1019

Office Hours

Wednesday 1:00-2:00pm

Classes Taught

Political Violence

The Arab-Israeli Conflict

Israeli Politics and Foreign Policy

Comparative Study of Genocide