Rasma Karklins

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1975

Fields of Interest:
Comparative Politics, Soviet/Russian and East European Politics, Ethnic Relations, Political Corruption

Selected Publications:
The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in the Post-communist Region. New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2005

Ethnic Politics and Transition to Democracy: USSR/Latvia. Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994.

Ethnic Relations in the USSR: The Perspective from Below, Boston and London: Allen & Unwin, 1986. Paperback Unwin & Hyman, 1988.

"The Decision Calculus of Protesters and Regimes: Eastern Europe 1989", Journal of Politics, 1993 (with Roger Petersen).

"Explaining Regime Change in the USSR," Europe-Asia Studies(formerly Soviet Studies), 46,1 (January 1994): 29-45.

"Ethnopluralism: Panacea for East Central Europe?" Nationalities Papers, vol. 28, no. 2 (June 2000): 219-241

Selected Activities and Honors:
2004-05 Ed Hewett Public Policy Fellow, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.

Visiting Member, School of Social Sciences , Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2002-03

Participant, "Honesty and Trust Project," Collegium Budapest, Institute for Advanced Study, Budapest, Hungary, 2001-2003

US Institute of Peace grant, 1997-98.

Scholar in Residence, Rockefeller Center, Bellagio, Italy, March 1996

International Research and Exchanges Board grant 1995-96

President,1994-96, Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies

Fulbright Lectureship 1993

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant for Research and Writing, 1991-92

Foreign Member, Academy of Sciences of Latvia, elected November 24, 1992

Moscow State University, Senior Scholars Exchange, MUCIA, October 1988

American Political Science Association Ralph J. Bunche Award "for the best scholarly work in political science exploring the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism" for the book Ethnic Relations in the USSR, 1987

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Contact Information

Email: karklins@uic.edu
Office Phone: (312) 996-2396
Fax: (312) 413-0440