Scott Radnitz is an Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His research deals primarily with the post-Soviet region and topics such as protests, authoritarianism, informal networks, and identity.
His forthcoming book is Revealing Schemes: The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region (Oxford University Press, 2021). It investigates why politicians in the region promote conspiratorial claims and what effects that has.
His first book, Weapons of the Wealthy: Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia, was published by Cornell University Press in 2010. Articles have appeared in journals including Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Democracy, Political Geography, Political Communication, and Post-Soviet Affairs. Policy commentary has appeared in Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Guardian, Slate, and the Monkey Cage/Washington Post blog.
He is an associate editor of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, a faculty member at UW’s Center for an Informed Public, and a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security (PONARS) in Eurasia.
He teaches the following courses: States, Markets, and Societies; Contemporary Central Asian Politics; Post-Soviet Security; Interdisciplinary Survey of Eurasia; Failed States; Research Design and Methods; and Social Movements and Revolutions.
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., 2007
- University of California at Berkeley, B.A. Political Science, 2000
Revealing Schemes -The Politics of Conspiracy in Russia and the Post-Soviet Region
Oxford University Press
Oil in the Family -Managing Presidential Succession in Azerbaijan
Democratization, Volume 10, Issue 1
Weapons of the Wealthy -Predatory Regimes and Elite-Led Protests in Central Asia
Cornell University Press
The Color of Money -Privatization, Economic Dispersion, and the Post-Soviet "Revolutions"
Comparative Politics, Volume 42, Issue 2