Alexandra Vacroux


Executive Director / Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

Executive Committee,

Alexandra Vacroux is responsible for overall management and administration of the Davis Center. She works closely with Rawi Abdelal on strategic planning; development;  and network building in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the REECA master’s degree program, project manager for the Islam in Eurasia grant, and an active member and coordinator of the Working Group of the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.

Prior to joining the Davis Center in 2010, Alexandra had worked in the profit and non-profit sectors. She was a Scholar at the Kennan Institute (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars), Interim Eurasia Program Officer for the Social Science Research Council, and Research Associate at the Center for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) in Moscow. While in Moscow for a dozen years, she also worked as a consultant to the Russian Privatization Agency, and as Director of Sales and President of the American brokerage for the Brunswick Warburg investment bank.

The evolution of the Russian healthcare system;
Global health;
HIV/AIDs and TB in Eurasia; decentralization and recentralization of the Russian state; prerevolutionary Russian history (particularly of Viatka region and the leather/tanning industry)
Current Project
From Peasant to Paris: A 19th and 20th Century Family History
Foreign Language


, Government
, Harvard University
Selected Publications

[Co-author] Russian Federation: Health System Review, Health Systems in Transition, vol. 13, no. 7 (2011)

"Russian Resilience as a Great Power: A Response to Ambrosio," with Michael McFaul, Post-Soviet Affairs, vol. 22, no. 1 (January-March 2006), pp. 24-33

"Regulation and Corruption in Transition: The Case of the Russian Pharmaceutical Markets," in Building a Trustworthy State in Post-Socialist Transition, ed. Janos Kornai and Susan Rose-Ackerman, New York: Palgrave Macmillan (2004)

"Regulation: The Case of the Pharmaceutical Sector," in Russie: Reformes Institutionnelles et Comportements des Bureaucraties, ed. Marie Mendras, Centre d’etudes et de recherches internationales (2002)

"Privatization in the Regions: Primorsky Krai," in Creating Private Enterprises and Efficient Markets, ed. Ira Lieberman and John Nellis, Washington, D.C.: The World Bank (1994)