Timothy Colton

Timothy
Colton

Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies

Executive Committee
Faculty Associate

Timothy Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies. He is a past director of the Davis Center and a past chair of the Department of Government. His main research interest is Russian and Eurasian government and politics. He is the author of, among other works, The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union (Council on Foreign Relations, 1986); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (Harvard University Press, 1995), which was named best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers; Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (Harvard University Press, 2000); Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000, with Michael McFaul (Brookings, 2003); Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008, and published in Russia by Atticus-Azbuka in 2013); Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016); and Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, with Samuel Charap (forthcoming from International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2017). Fellow of the American Academy for Arts and Sciences since 2011.

Expertise
Political leadership in Russia; mass politics in Russia; international relations of Eurasia.
Current Project
Russian Elections and Public Opinion; International Politics of the Post-Soviet Space
Foreign Language

Education

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

Everyone Loses: The Ukraine Crisis and the Ruinous Contest for Post-Soviet Eurasia, with Samuel Charap (International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2017).

Russia: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Yeltsin: A Life (Basic Books, 2008).

Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000, with Michael McFaul (Brookings Institution Press, 2003).

Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (Harvard University Press, 2000).

Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis, Harvard UP (1995)

The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union (Council on Foreign Relations, 1986).

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