Research Professor of International Affairs; Director, Central Asia Program; Associate Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
|Address:||Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, N.W.
Areas of Expertise
Political culture, Nationalism, Migrations—Russia and Central Asia
Marlene Laruelle works on Russia and Central Asia and explores post-Soviet political, social and cultural changes through the prism of nationhood and nationalism. She has published three single-authored monographs, and two co-authored monographs, and has edited several collective volumes. She is the editor in chief of Central Asian Affairs and a member of the executive editorial board of Demokratizatsiya. The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. She has been the Principal Investigator of several grants on Russian nationalism and political elites, on Russia’s strategies in the Arctic, and on Central Asia’s domestic and foreign policies. As director of the Central Asia Program she oversees about 30 events a year, monthly publications, and works on several programs of visiting fellows from Central Asia.
- “Russia as a ‘Divided Nation,’ from Compatriots to Crimea: A Contribution to the Discussion on Nationalism and Foreign Policy,” Problems of Post-Communism 62, no. 2 (2015): 88-97.
- “The Three Colors of Novorossiya, or the Russian Nationalist Mythmaking of the Ukrainian Crisis,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 2015.
- “Patriotic Youth Clubs in Russia. Professional Niches, Cultural Capital and Narratives of Social Engagement,” Europe-Asia Studies 67, no. 1 (2015): 8-27.
- “Resource, state reassertion and international recognition: locating the drivers of Russia’s Arctic policy,” The Polar Journal 4, no. 2 (2014): 253-270.
- “Alexei Navalny and challenges in reconciling ‘nationalism’ and ‘liberalism’,” Post-Soviet Affairs 30, no. 4 (2014): 276-297.
- “Negotiating Social Activism. National Minorities Associations in Kazakhstan, or the Other Face of ‘Civil Society’,” in Charles E. Ziegler, ed., Civil Society and Politics in Central Asia (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2015), 111-133.
- “The Three Discursive Paradigms of State Identity in Kazakhstan. Kazakhness, Kazakhstannes and Transnationalism,” in Mariya Omelicheva, ed., Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia. Dimensions, Dynamics and Directions (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2014), 1-20.
- “Russia in Afghanistan. Enduring Interests, Domestic Challenges and Regional Strategies,” in A. Snetkov and S. Aris, eds., The Regional Dimension to Security. Other Sides of Afghanistan (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 136-151.
- “Space as a Destiny. Legitimizing the Russian Empire through Geography and Cosmos,” in S. Turoma, and M. Waldstein, Empire De/Centered. New Spatial Histories of Russia and the Soviet Union (Fanham: Ashgate 2013), 85-101.
- “Kazakhstan: Central Asia’s New Migration Crossroads,” in M. Laruelle, ed., Migration and Social Upheaval as the Face of Globalization in Central Asia (London: Brill, 2013), 87-108.