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Peter Rutland

Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought


Professor of Government

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Tutor, College of Social Studies


Professor, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies



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BA Oxford University
DPHIL York University

Peter Rutland

Peter Rutland works on contemporary Russian politics and political economy, with a side interest in nationalism. Recent articles cover topics such as Russian "soft power," the structure of the Russian elite, and Russia's performance in science and technology. He blogs about nationalism around the world at Nationalism Watch, and is currently working on the project "Visualizing the nation," which explores how political nationalism has expressed itself through visual media – film, television and the internet.

Peter Rutland has taught at Wesleyan since 1989. Before that he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, and at the University of York and London University in the UK. He has a BA from Oxford and a D. Phil from York. He has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University, and is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. Since 2013 he has been editor in chief of Nationalities Papers, the journal of the Association for the Study of Nationalities along with serving as associate editor of Russian Review. 

He was a visiting Fulbright professor at the European University in St. Petersburg in 2000 and at Sophia University in Tokyo in 2003. From 1995-97 he was on leave from Wesleyan and served as assistant director of the Open Media Research Institute attached to Radio Liberty in Prague. He was a visiting fellow at the University of York in 2014, Australian National University in summer 2015, and a Leverhulme Trust visiting professor at the University of Manchester in 2016.

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Fall 2021
GOVT 157F - 01
Democracy & Dictatorship (FYS)

GOVT 278 - 01

GOVT 303 - 01
War and Society

Spring 2022
CSS 330 - 01
Jr Gov Tut: Global & National

CSS 330 - 02
Jr Gov Tut: Global & National

GOVT 274 - 01
Russian Politics