Pauline Jones Luong
Associate Professor of Political Science:
Phone: +1 401 863 2028
Pauline Jones Luong's research focuses on explaining institutional origin and change and, more broadly, regime transition and state formation. It reveals the strengths and limitations of existing institutionalist approaches and highlights the critical role that identity, elite bargaining, and popular mobilization play in the process of institutional design. The primary empirical focus of her work to date has been the former Soviet Union. Her two current book projects on institution-building in mineral-rich states and the international effects of domestic state strategies toward Islamist mobilization, however, both extend beyond the post-communist world.
Pauline Jones Luong is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. From 1998-2004, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1998 and was a Harvard Academy Scholar from 1998-1999 and 2001-2002. Her primary research interests include: institutional origin and change; identity and conflict; and the political economy of market reform. Her empirical work focuses primarily on the former Soviet Union. She has published articles in several leading academic and policy journals, including the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, Current History, Europe-Asia Studies, Foreign Affairs, Perspectives on Politics, Politics and Society, and Resources Policy. Her books include Institutional Change and Political Continuity in Post-Soviet Central Asia: Power, Perceptions, and Pacts (Cambridge 2002) and The Transformation of Central Asia: States and Societies from Soviet Rule to Independence (Cornell 2003). Her current book projects include 1) Enriching the State: Resource Wealth, Ownership Structure, and Institutional Capacity and 2) State Strategies, Islamic Radicalism, and International Security.
Pauline Jones Luong teaches courses on subjects related to political economy, identity politics, and methodology in the social sciences. In 2004-05, she taught "The Roots of the Resource Curse: Why are the World's Richest Countries the Poorest, most Corrupt, and Unstable?" and "Markets in States in Comparative Perspective." In 2006-07, she is teaching a new course entitled "The Roots of Radicalism: Understanding the Global Islamist Threat." In the past, her courses have included "Russian Politics," "The Politics of Identity," and "Strategies in Research Design."
Pauline Jones Luong's research has been supported by several organizations and institutions, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), United States Institute of Peace, the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation, the Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University, the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, the National Council on East European and Eurasian Research (NCEEER), and the Smith Richardson Foundation.