Boris Barkanov

Boris Barkanov
Teaching Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of California, Berkely (2011)

My research is at the nexus of comparative politics and international relations, bringing together an interest in political economy, political sociology, and research methods.  Theoretically, I investigate the relationship between ideas, the politics of state building, and policy outcomes.  Empirically, I study the political development of the great powers and how this shapes domestic/global politics and policy results in energy, finance, and security.  Geographically, I am interested in Russia and the other states of the former Soviet Union, China, the EU and its member states (especially Germany and France), and Japan.

I received my Phd in political science from UC Berkeley, where I wrote a dissertation on the domestic factors shaping Russian energy policy since the late Soviet period.  My research was based on data from a variety of sources, including interviews conducted during field work in Russia, most notably in 2008-2009 when I was a Fulbright-Hays scholar.  In 2012, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies at Harvard University, where I extended my findings through a comparative study of Russian and Chinese reserve currency policy since 1992.  

I speak four languages – English, Russian, French, and Japanese – and love to travel.  In my free time, I enjoy listening to classical music (especially opera), singing, and reading fiction.

Office: 315A Woodburn Hall
Tel: 304.293.9532