Valerie Sperling


Professor of Political Science, Clark University

Center Associate
gender politics
social movements
patriotism and militarism in Russia
Current Project
Masculinity, Misogyny, and Political Image-Crafting in Russia and the United States
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).

Valerie Sperling, Robert G. Boatright, and Sean Tatar, “The Trump Effect and Gender Norms in the 2016 Senate Elections,” in Jennifer C. Lucas, Christopher J. Galdieri, and Tauna S. Sisco, eds., Conventional Wisdom, Parties, and Broken Barriers in the 2016 Election (Lexington Books, 2018), pp. 203-225.

Valerie Sperling, “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.

Valerie Sperling, “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.