Henry Hale

Henry E. Hale


Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University; Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES), Elliott School

Henry E. Hale is professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University and director of the Elliott School's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES). From 2009 to 2023 he served as co-director of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). He earned his master's degree through the Davis Center's regional studies program in 1990 before going on to get his Ph.D. at Harvard as well, and then returned to the center as a post-doc.

Prof. Hale has spent extensive time conducting field research in ex-Soviet Eurasia. His books include The Zelensky Effect (Hurst/Oxford, 2022) and Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2015). His work has won prizes from the American Political Science Association, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, and has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, including the American Political Science Review

Prior to joining GW, Prof. Hale taught at Indiana University (2000-2005), the European University at St. Petersburg, Russia (1999), and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1997-1998).