Henry E. Hale

Henry E. Hale

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
1957 E St. 412
Phone: 202-994-4810
Fax: 202-994-7743
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

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

Henry E. Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, and Director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia)

He has spent extensive time conducting field research in post-Soviet Eurasia, including in both Russia and Ukraine in 2014. His work has won two prizes from the American Political Science Association, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship in Russia during 2007-2008.

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 chairman of the editorial board of Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization.


Ph.D., Harvard University



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.

Office Hours

Tuesdays 2-4pm