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About William M. Reisinger

William M. Reisinger is Professor of Political Science at The University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985. His research concerns authoritarianism and democracy in the former communist states, especially Russia. He has written or edited eight books, including The Regional Roots of Russia’s Political Regime, co-authored with Bryon J. Moraski (University of Michigan Press, 2017), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. His research has been supported by a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Army Research Office. He travels frequently to Russia and has conducted research as well in Georgia, Lithuania, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He teaches courses on democratization, authoritarian politics and the politics of the postcommunist countries. He is a former chair of the Political Science Department and, from 2003-2008, served as The University of Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs.
Fields: Comparative Politics, Democratization, authoritarianism and Russian and Post-Soviet Politics.


Present Professor, Political Science, University of Iowa Political Science Department

Curriculum Vitae



19791986 PhD, The University Of Michigan ‐ Department of Political Science
19751979 B.A., University of Oregon ‐ Major in Political Science, Certificate in Russian and East European Studies

Books (7)

Articles (37)