Edward Schatz

Associate Professor of Political Science
Affiliated Faculty; Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies




Room 204N, 1 Devonshire Place


Edward Schatz (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison) works on questions of social mobilization, statehood, and identity politics in ex-Soviet Central Asia and has an abiding interest in qualitative methods and methodologies. He has published with the University of Chicago Press, the University of Washington Press, as well as articles with journals such as Comparative Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, and International Studies Quarterly. He is currently completing a book entitled Slow Anti-Americanism and starting a project on the Belt and Road Initiative and its impact across Eurasia. He directs the Central Asia Initiative at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.


Social Mobilization
Identity Politics
Qualitative Methods
Former USSR
Central Asia


Ph. D – University of Wisconsin (2000)

M.A  – University of Wisconsin (1995)

B.A – Yale University (1991)


Modern Clan Politics:  The Power of “Blood” in Kazakhstan and Beyond (Seattle and London:  University of Washington Press, 2004)

Political Ethnography: What Immersion Contributes to the Study of Power (University of Chicago Press, 2009), editor

“Assumed to be Universal: The Leap from Data to Knowledge in the American Political Science Review,” Polity 44(3), July 2012: 46-472 (with Elena Maltseva)

“Kazakhstan’s Authoritarian ‘Persuasion’,” Post-Soviet Affairs 28(1), January-March 2012: 45-65 (with Elena Maltseva)

“Climate Change and Regional Security in Central Asia,” in Climate Change and Regional Security: A Country-Level Study, Daniel Moran, ed, Georgetown University Press 2011

“Framing, Public Diplomacy, and Anti-Americanism in Central Asia,” International Studies Quarterly (with Renan Levine) 54, 2010: 855-869


Qualitative Methods for Political Science
State and Society in Central Asia and Afghanistan
Anti-Americanism and International Relations
The New Authoritarianism in Eurasia

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