Henry E. Hale is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University (GW). His research has won two prizes from the American Political Science Association, and his most recent book is The Zelensky Effect (Hurst/Oxford University Press 2022), coauthored with Olga Onuch. Hale’s single-authored books include Patronal Politics: Eurasian Regime Dynamics in Comparative Perspective (Cambridge, 2015), The Foundations of Ethnic Politics (Cambridge, 2008), and Why Not Parties in Russia (Cambridge, 2006).

Prominent themes in his research include ethnic politics, political regimes, voting behavior, the public opinion dimension of international relations, health behavior, and politics in post-Soviet countries, where he has conducted extensive field research. He is currently Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs, director of GW’s Petrach Program on Ukraine, editorial board chair for Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, and chief editor of the textbook Developments in Russian Politics (Bloomsbury & Duke), the 10th edition of which will come out in early 2024.

For the period 2009-2023, he was Principal Investigator of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia). Prior to joining GW, and after earning his PhD from Harvard’s Government Department in 1998, he served as adjunct professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1997-98, was research associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government 1998-2000, then worked as assistant professor of political science at Indiana University 2000-2005. 


Henry E. Hale

Professor of Political Science & International Affairs



Department of Political Science

George Washington University

1957 E Street, NW, Suite 412
Washington, DC 20052


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