Professor, Department Chairperson
Gerald Easter teaches courses in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. His research interests include the modern state, comparative political economy, and post-Communist transitions.
He is the author of Reconstructing the State: Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Capital, Coercion, and Post-Communist States (forthcoming).
Art Wreck: The Lost Treasure Ship of Catherine the Great (Pegasus Books, 2020)
Capital, Coercion and Post-Communist States (Cornell University Press, 2012)
*Winner–Davis Book Prize (ASEEES, 2013), best book in Social Sciences
*Winner–Hewett Book Prize (ASEEES, 2013), best book in Political Economy
Reconstructing the State: Personal Networks and Elite Identity in Soviet Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2000, Cambridge Series in Comparative Politics; translated into Russian, ROSSPEN 2010)
Shaping the Economic Space in Russia: Policy-making, Institutions, Actors, co-editor (Ashgate Publishers, 2000)
"Avoiding the Succession Trap: Leadership Change in Survivor Communist Regimes" (forthcoming).
"Policing Protest in Russia" (forthcoming).
"Politics of Plunder: Colonial Neglect as a Causal Factor in Outlier Democracies" (forthcoming).
“State Finance in Post-Communist Poland: Building Capacity and Consent,” Public Administration Issues (no. 5; 2014).
“State Building and Tax Regimes: Critical Discussion,” Perspectives on Politics, vol., 11, no. 4 (December 2013)
“The Russian State in the Time of Putin,” Post-Soviet Affairs (September 2008)
“The Russian Tax Police,” Post-Soviet Affairs (December 2002)