Associate Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Franko Lviv National University (Ukraine)
The focus of Sergiy Kudelia’s research has been (1) political regimes and regime change; (2) civil war onset and dynamics; (3) political institutions and institutional design with a geographic focus on Ukraine. His current research project examines the role of identity, regional cleavages and patronage ties in the onset of the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine.
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 Journal of Democracy, 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, Washington Post, Voice of America, Al-Jazeera, CTV, NHK, Radio China International, The Moscow Times, Kyiv Post and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications
“When Numbers Are Not Enough: The Strategic Use of Violence in Ukraine’s 2014 Revolution,” Comparative Politics, vol. 50, No. 4, July 2018, pp. 501 - 521.
“Presidential Activism and Government Termination in Dual-Executive Ukraine,” Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 34, No. 4, 2018, pp. 246 - 261.
“How They Joined? Militants and Informers in the Armed Conflict in Ukraine,” Small Wars & Insurgencies, forthcoming.
“The Donbas Rift,” Russian Politics & Law, vol. 54, No. 1, 2016, pp. 5 – 27
"Corruption in Ukraine: Perpetual Motion Machines or the Endplay of Post-Soviet Elites" in Beyond the Euromaidan: Comparative Perspectives for Advancing Reform in Ukraine, Henry Hale and Robert Orttung eds. (Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016), pp. 61 – 79
“Nothing Personal: Explaining the Rise and Decline of Political Machines in Ukraine,” co-authored with Taras Kuzio, Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 31, No. 3, 2015, pp. 250 - 278
"The House That Yanukovych Built," Journal of Democracy, vol. 25, No. 3, July 2014, pp. 19 - 34
“How They Joined? Militants and Informers in the Armed Conflict in Ukraine,” Small Wars & Insurgencies, vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 279 – 306
Latest op-eds and Memos
Institutional Paths to Ending the Donbas Conflict, Kennan Cable No. 35, The Wilson Center, August 15, 2018
“Breaking the Russia-Ukraine Stalemate,” Russia in Global Affairs, No. 2, 2018.
Extrajudicial Violence in Donbas and its Consequences for Ukraine, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 486, October 2017
"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 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.
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.
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 4384 Principles of Political Development
The development of contemporary states and nations, emphasizing war, geographic location, natural resources, and cultural and religious norms as determinants of different experiences.
PSC 4386 Russia and the World
This course surveys the evolution of Russia’s foreign policy objectives, its national security strategies and its relations with the US, Europe and post-Soviet states. It looks at the new spheres of cooperation and rivalry between Russia and the West, including regional conflicts, energy politics, non-proliferation and counterterrorism.
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 4397 Dictatorship, Democracy and Regime Change
This course will examine the origins of political regimes, compare the functioning of authoritarian and democratic institutions and study the institutional variation within them.
PSC 4v94 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.