Henry E. Hale

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Henry E. Hale

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs



Email: Henry E. Hale
Office Phone: (202) 994-4810
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Henry E. Hale is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Co-Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia).

His work has won two prizes from the American Political Science Association, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review. He has spent extensive time conducting field research in post-Soviet Eurasia, and his most recent books include The Zelensky Effect (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2022, with Olga Onuch) and Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Prior to joining GW, he taught at Indiana University (2000-2005), the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia (1999), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1997-98). He is also chair of the editorial board of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization.

Political regimes, ethnic politics, political behavior, political parties, politics of Eurasia (esp. Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan)

PSC 2336 - Russian Politics

PSC 3192 - Advanced Russian Politics

IAFF 6118 - Theories of Ethnic Politics

IAFF 6338 - Russian Political Comparative Perspective

PSC 6366 - Government and Politics of Russia

Dr. Hale's writings focus on issues of political regimes, ethnicity, and international integration. His new book, Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press), is scheduled to come out in September or October 2014. He is also the author of the books The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Why Not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2006), winner of the American Political Science Association's Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for 2006 and 2007. He is also co-editor of the books Developments in Russian Politics 8 (Duke University Press, 2014) and Rossiia "dvukhtysiachnykh": stereoskopicheskii vzgliad (Russia in the 2000s: A Stereoscopic View) (Moscow: Planeta, 2011).

His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, with his piece "Divided We Stand" (World Politics, 2004) winning the APSA's Qualitative Methods Section's Alexander George Award.

Ph.D., Harvard University