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Henry E. Hale

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Suite 412
Address: Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Phone: 202-994-4810
Fax: 202-994-5436

Areas of Expertise

Ethnic politics, federalism, democratization, political parties, politics of Eurasia (esp. Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia)


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 spent 2007-2008 on a Fulbright Scholarship in Moscow working on a new book, Great Expectations: The Politics of Regime Change in Eurasia.

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 has also served as coordinator of party-building programs at Harvard's Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project (1998-2000) and editor of the Russian Election Watch (1999-2000 and 2003-04).


Ph.D., Harvard University


Dr. Hale's writings focus on issues of ethnicity, democracy, and international integration, and he is 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 7 (Duke University Press, 2010) 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, 2003) winning the APSA's Qualitative Methods Section's Alexander George Award.

Classes Taught

PSC 2366 Government and Politics of Russia

PSC 6333 Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia

PSC 8489 Selected Topics in International Politics

  • State-Building in Central Asia and Transcaucasia
  • Theories of Ethnic Politics