William M. Reisinger

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William M. Reisinger
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(319) 335-2351
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Research Areas

Comparative Politics
Russian and Post-Soviet Politics


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 politics in the former communist states, especially Russia.  His publications include Energy and the Soviet Bloc (Cornell University Press, 1992), Can Democracy Take Root in Post-Soviet Russia? (Rowman & Littlefield, 1998), Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective (Macmillan, 1999), The 1999-2000 Elections in Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and Russia’s Regions and Comparative Subnational Politics (Routledge 2012), as well as over 50 articles or book chapters.  He travels frequently to Russia and has conducted research as well in China, Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.  He teaches courses on democratization, authoritarian politics and the politics of the post-communist 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.


PhD University of Michigan, 1986