Mitchell Orenstein

Mitchell
A.
Orenstein

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Center Associate

Mitchell Orenstein is Professor of Central and East European politics in the Slavic Department at University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of two prize-winning books: Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe and Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform. His current research project on the Triumph of Neoliberalism in Post-Communist Europe and Eurasia with co-author Hilary Appel explores why radical neoliberal programs of economic reform lasted for decades longer than anticipated at the outset of transition. He is also working on a project on Russia versus Europe and the Lands in Between and has published several articles on this topic in Foreign Affairs. Orenstein has previously taught at Yale, Brown, Northeastern, Syracuse, Johns Hopkins, and Moscow State Universities.

Expertise
Political economy and international affairs of Central and Eastern Europe and Russia
Current Project
Russia versus Europe and the Lands in Between
Foreign Language

Education

Ph.D.
, Political Science
, Yale University
Selected Publications

with Hilary Appel and Mitchell A Orenstein, "Why Did Neoliberalism Triumph and Endure in the Post-Communist World?," Comparative Politics 48, no. 3 (April 2016).

with R. Daniel Kelemen and Mitchell A Orenstein, "Trojan Horses in EU Foreign Policy," Journal of Common Market Studies, forthcoming 2017.

with Mitchell A Orenstein, "Putin's Western Allies: Why Europe's Far Right is on the Kremlin's Side," Foreign Affairs, March 25, 2014, https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/russia-fsu/2014-03-25/putins-wes...

with David R. Cameron and Mitchell A Orenstein, "Post-Soviet Authoritarianism: The Influence of Russia in its 'Near Abroad'," Post-Soviet Affairs 28, no. 1 (2012).

Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe (University of Michigan Press, 2001).

Specialization
Telephone
202-415-4066