Valerie Sperling


Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Center Associate
Globalization and democracy; social movements; gender politics; patriotism and militarism in Russia; Russia and the European Court of Human Rights.
Current Project
Trying Sex in Russia: Gender-based Discrimination Cases and the European Court of Human Rights.
Foreign Language


, Political Science
, University of California, Berkeley
Selected Publications

Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Altered States: The Globalization of Accountability (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

“Gender, Private Security, Public Peacekeeping and Accountability,” in Maya Eichler, ed., Gender and Private Security in Global Politics (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 169-186.

"Nashi Devushki: Gender and Political Youth Activism in Putin’s and Medvedev’s Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs Vol. 28, No. 2 (April-June 2012), pp. 232-261. 

"Making the Public Patriotic: Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Russia," in Russian Nationalism and the National Reassertion of Russia, ed. Marlene Laruelle (Routledge, 2009), 218–271.