New Faculty 2020


Scott Gehlbach

Department of Political Science, Harris Public Policy, and the College

Scott Gehlbach is a political economist and comparativist. His work examines and is motivated by the contemporary and historical experience of Russia, Ukraine, and other postcommunist states. Employing a wide range of research methods, he has made numerous contributions to the study of autocracy, economic reform, political connections, and other topics.

Gehlbach is the author of Representation through Taxation: Revenue, Politics, and Development in Postcommunist States (Cambridge University Press, 2008), Formal Models of Domestic Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2013), and Reform and Rebellion in Weak States (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). He has published widely in numerous top journals, including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. He is the recipient of many awards and grants, including two Fulbright-Hays fellowships and, most recently, the Michael Wallerstein Award for best article in political economy.

Gehlbach earned a PhD in political science and economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; he has also been affiliated with the New Economic School and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He currently is a visiting professor in the Economics Department at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) and an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

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