Residency Dates: September 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023
Stephen E. Hanson is the Lettie Pate Evans Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William & Mary. Previously he served as William & Mary’s Vice Provost for International Affairs (2011-2022) and Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Washington. He has authored, co-authored, or co-edited five books and dozens of articles analyzing Russian, Soviet, and post-communist politics in comparative and historical perspective. In 2014, Hanson served as President of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Hanson holds a Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley and an AB from Harvard University.
During his time at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES), Hanson will complete a new book manuscript with the working title The Evolution of Regimes. This book project discusses the rise and decline of different regime types, providing a novel evolutionary argument helping to explain a range of disparate phenomena such as the success of European political and economic development in the modern era; the emergence of fascist and Leninist regimes in the 20th century; the collapse of the Soviet bloc; and the unexpected global resurgence of patrimonial rule in the 21st century.
Lettie Pate Evans Professor of Government & Faculty Affiliate , William & Mary Global Research Institute, The College of William & Mary
Visiting Scholar 2022-2023, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Bernhard, Michael, Venelin I. Ganev, Anna Grzymała-Busse, Stephen E. Hanson, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Dmitrii Kofanov, and Anton Shirikov. “Weasel Words and the Analysis of ‘Postcommunist’ Politics: A Symposium.” East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures 34, no. 2 (2020): 283–325. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888325419900244