Assistant Professor of Political Science
B.A., Franko Lviv National University (Ukraine)
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Sergiy Kudelia's research interests include political regimes, revolutions, political institutions, insurgency and counterinsurgency campaigns with a geographical focus on the post-communist world. Prior to coming to Baylor Dr. Kudelia held teaching and research positions at George Washington University, University of Toronto, Johns Hopkins UnUniversity School of Advanced International Studies, University of Greifswald (Germany) and Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine). He is also a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS) – a global network of social scientists who conduct a policy relevant research on the former Soviet Union. His articles appeared in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization as well as in several edited volumes. Dr. Kudelia’s co-authored book The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris Yeltsin was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2008.
Courses at Baylor:
Government and Politics of Russia:
This course examines the main aspects of Russia's post-communist transformation with a particular emphasis on the role of leadership, formal and informal institutions and societal actors in deciding the direction of change.
Revolutions and Social Movements in Non-Democratic Regimes:
This course looks at the origins, dynamics and impacts of revolutionary movements in non-democratic regimes after World War II with a special focus on democratic revolutions of the last twenty years.
This course analyzes the ever-present phenomenon of terrorism across the world from the standpoint of a scholar and of a policy-maker. It surveys the current theories of origins and dynamics of terrorism, compares the effectiveness of various counterterrorism strategies and traces the evolution of U.S. counterterrorism policy over the last decade.
This course offers an overview of the theories and issues central to the study of comparative politics. Its topics include state-making, political regimes, parties and electoral systems, political order and violence, governance and political economy.
Principles of Political Development:
This course surveys key modern theories accounting for the emergence of cohesive state units with a particular attention to the institutional dimension of state-building, the influence of nationalism over state-building, nation-building strategies and various developmental outcomes.