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Curriculum Vitae
Sergiy Kudelia

Assistant Professor of Political Science

B.A., Franko Lviv National University (Ukraine)
M.A., Stanford University
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

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Serhiy Kudelia’s research interests include state formation, political regimes, revolutions, institutional development, civil wars and political violence with a geographic focus on the post-communist world. Prior to coming to Baylor he held teaching and research positions at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, University of Toronto, University of Greifswald University (Germany) and National University “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine). His articles appeared in various peer-reviewed journals including Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, East European Politics and Societies, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Demokratizatsiya and in several edited volumes. His book The Strategy of Campaigning: Lessons from Ronald Reagan and Boris co-authored with Kiron Skinner, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleezza Rice was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2007. Dr. Kudelia comments frequently on post-communist politics to a variety of media outlets including BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, NHK, Radio China International, The Moscow Times, Kyiv Post and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications:

“Russia: European or Not?” with Bruce Parrott in Ronald Tiersky and Erik Jones eds., Europe Today: A Twenty-First Century Introduction (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), pp. 219 – 256.

“Nothing Personal: Explaining the Rise and Decline of Political Machines in Ukraine,” co-authored with Taras Kuzio, forthcoming in Post-Soviet Affairs (published online on June 6, 2014).

“The House That Yanukovych Built,” Journal of Democracy, vol. 25, No. 3, July 2014, pp. 19 – 34.

Latest op-eds and Memos:

“Domestic Sources of the Donbas Insurgency,” PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 351, September 2014

“Will Eastern Ukraine turn into Northern Ireland?” Monkey Cage Blog, July 26, 2014

“Ukraine in Context: What Happens When Authoritarians Fall,” Foreign Affairs, February 27, 2014

Courses at Baylor:

PSC 4344 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.

PSC 4395 Terrorism:
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.

PSC 3304 Comparative Politics:
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.

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.

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.  

PSC 3325 Ethnopolitical Conflicts: This course examines theories of the onset and dynamics of civil wars and political violence. From secessionist conflicts in the Caucasus and the Balkans to sectarian clashes in the Middle East and South Asia, from Islamist insurgency in Pakistan and Afghanistan to anti-Jewish pogroms in Eastern Europe and ethnic cleansing in Africa – the course will explore an entire range of ethnopolitical conflicts across the continents and historical periods. It will also look at various strategies of responding to insurgent violence and examine most effective ways to re-establish a lasting political order.