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Dr. Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova is professor at the Russia Institute of King's College London. She teaches the Introduction & Tools module.

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova

Module: Introduction and Tools

Dr Gulnaz Sharafutdinova joined King’s Russia Institute as senior lecturer in September 2013. Previously, Gulnaz worked at Miami University (Ohio), where she was an associate professor of political science and international studies and an associate of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, one of the foremost centers for research on contemporary Russia in the United States. Her book – Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism Inside Russia (Notre Dame University Press, 2010) – is among the most careful studies of the mechanisms through which informal practices of political and economic power have shaped contemporary Russia. Gulnaz has also edited a collection of articles on late Soviet state and society - Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-1985 (Lexington Press, 2012). Gulnaz is a leading expert on federalism and sub-national politics in Russia, with articles appearing in Comparative Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Problems of Post-Communism, Europe-Asia Studies and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from the George Washington University, and speaks fluent Russian, Tatar and English. Gulnaz was born in Tatarstan, Russia, and still keeps tight connections to her homeland.

Selected publications:


Sharafutdinova, G./Klumbyte, N. (Eds) (2012): Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1965-1984. Lanham: Lexington Books.

Sharafutdinova, G. (2011): Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism inside Russia. Notre Dame, IL: University of Notre Dame Press.

Journal articles:

Sharafutdinova, G. (2015): Elite Management in Electoral Authoritarian Regimes: A View From Bashkortostan and Tatarstanin, in: Central Asian Affairs, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp. 117 – 139.

Sharafutdinova, G. (2014): The Pussy Riot affair and Putin's démarche from sovereign democracy to sovereign morality, in: Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp. 615-621.

Sharafutdinova, G. (2013): Gestalt Switch in Russian Federalism: The Decline in Regional Power under Putin, in: Comparative Politics, Volume 45, Number 3, pp. 357-376.

Sharafutdinova, G. (2012): Ideas and Political Communication in the Service of Power in Russia and the Post-Soviet Space, in: The Problems of Post-Communism, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp. 3-5.