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Faculty Experts on U.S.-Russian Relations

Georgetown faculty can comment on the relationship between Russia and the United States, Russian domestic politics and education, Russian and Soviet social history, science and technology and other topics.

To arrange interviews with these or other experts, please contact the Office of Communications.

Faculty experts include:

Harley Balzer, associate professor of government, international affairs and history, served as director of the University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies from 1987 to August 2001. Balzer's expertise includes political economy, Russian domestic politics, education, Russian and Soviet social history, science and technology, and U.S.-Russian relations.



Thane Gustafson, professor of government, is an expert on domestic politics and policymaking of the former Soviet Union. Along with a number of articles, chapters and RAND corporation monographs, he has published Reform in Soviet Politics: Lessons of Recent Policies on Land and Water; Crisis Amid Plenty: The Politics of Soviet Energy under Brezhnev and Gorbachev; Soldiers and the Soviet State (co-edited with Timothy Colton); and Russia 2010 (with Daniel Yergin); Capitalism Russian-Style. His latest book is Wheel of Fortune: the Battle for Oil and Power in Russia (2012)


Charles King, professor of international affairs and government, focuses on nationalism, ethnic politics, transitions from authoritarianism, urban history, and the relationship between history and the social sciences. He is the author or editor of seven books, including Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (W. W. Norton, 2011), which received the National Jewish Book Award, and The Ghost of Freedom: A History of the Caucasus (Oxford University Press, 2008), which was named "History Book of the Year" by the Moscow Times.


Angela Stent, professor of government and foreign service and director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies, served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council from 2004-2006. Stent’s academic work focuses on the triangular political and economic relationship between the United Sates, Russia and Europe.



Milla Fedorova, associate professor in the department of Slavic languages, is an expert on Russian language and culture, with a focus on twentieth century literature and film in Russia. She is currently working on a book on the Russian literary perception of America.