Department of Political Science
2115 G St. NW, Monroe Hall 440
Washington, DC 20052

Phone: (202) 994-6290
Fax: (202) 994-1974

Henry Hale

Henry E. Hale

Title — Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

Address — 1957 E St. NW

Office — Suite 412

Office Hours — Tuesdays 2-3:30 or by appointment

Phone — (202) 994-4810; Fax: (202) 994-7743

E-mail —

Areas of Expertise —

Ethnic politics, federalism, democratization, political parties, politics of Eurasia (esp. Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia)


Ph.D., Harvard University, 1998


Henry E. Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington (GW) University in Washington, DC, and director of GW's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs.  Other ongoing research projects include works on party system development, ethnofederalism, and the impact of identity divides on politics.

Prior to joining GW, he taught at Indiana University (2000-2005), the European University at St. Petersburg (1999), and Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1997-98). He has also served as Research Associate at Harvard's Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project (1998-2000) and editor of the publication Russian Election Watch (1999-2000 and 2003-04)


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He specializes in issues of political regime change, ethnic politics, federalism, and international integration, frequently with a focus on the cases of the former Soviet region. His articles on these themes have appeared in a variety of journals, and his "Divided We Stand: Institutional Sources of Ethnofederal State Survival and Collapse" (World Politics 2004) won the Alexander L. George Award given out by the APSA Qualitative Methods section. His latest book, The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World, was published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press's Studies in Comparative Politics series. His first book, Why Not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2006), was selected a winner of the Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award by the APSA Political Organizations and Parties (POP) section. He is currently working on a new book project, entitled Great Expectations: The Politics of Regime Change in Eurasia, based on research he conducted as a Fulbright Scholar in Russia in 2007-08, as as a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Center, and as a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars during spring and summer 2009. He is also co-editor of the book Developments in Russian Politics 7 (Macmillan and Duke University Press, 2010).