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Rasma Karklins, PhD

Professor Emeritus

Political Science


Office Phone:

(312) 996-2396

CV Download:

Rasma Karklins CV


Fields of Interest:

Comparative Politics, Soviet/Russian and East European Politics, Ethnic Relations, Political Corruption

Selected Grants

US Institute of Peace, Peace Grant, 1997-98

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

Notable Honors

2004-05, Ed Hewett Public Policy Fellow, NCEEER

1996, Scholar in Residence, Rockefeller Center


PhD University of Chicago, 1975

Professional Memberships

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.