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Dinissa Duvanova

Associate Professor

Department Chair

0009 - Maginnes Hall

Ph.D., Political Science (The Ohio State University) 2007

M.A., Slavic and East European Studies (The Ohio State University) 2003    

M.A., Political Science (Utah State University) 2000

B.A., Political Science (Kazakh State University, Almaty, Kazakhstan) 1998

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Research Statement

Dinissa Duvanova (PhD, The Ohio State University, 2007) is a political economist specializing on governance, bureaucratic politics and technology-enabled forms of political participation in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Her books and articles explore institutional foundations of modern politics, economic policymaking, collective action, and technology-assisted popular mobilization. Duvanova’s current empirical research focuses on protests and repressions in Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan. Specifically, she investigates the use of mass and social media in manipulating information space towards political objectives of authoritarian leaders.


A native of Kazakhstan, Prof. Duvanova received a BA in political science from the Kazakh National State University, an MA in political science from Utah State University, and an MA in Slavic and East European Studies and PhD in political science from the Ohio State University.  D. Duvanova held research and teaching positions at Princeton University and SUNY Buffalo and was a visiting fellow at the NYU Jordan Center and Alma University in Kazakhstan. Her research and teaching interests are in politics and economy of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Her book Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States (Cambridge University Press) won the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize for outstanding publication on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia and/or Eastern Europe from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies. She is the author of Thieves, Opportunists, and Autocrats: Building Regulatory States in Russia and Kazakhstan (Oxford University Press) published in 2023.


Thieves, Opportunists, and Autocrats: Building Regulatory States in Russia and Kazakhstan. Oxford University Press, August 2023.

Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States, Cambridge University Press, February 2013.


“Can Black Tulips Stop Russia Again?” Journal of Comparative Economics, (With Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy, and Olha Zodorozhna), June 2023.

How Attitudes Towards Air Pollution May Impact Public Health: A Case Study of Almaty, Kazakhstan,” Journal of Environmental Protection, (With A Bekbossynova, N. Jones, K. Lyden, T. McGinley, and H. Moss), 14(7), 2023.

Delegation of Political Authority to Bureaucratic Agencies in an Authoritarian Regime: An Analysis of Regional Economic Regulation in Kazakhstan,” Studies in Comparative International Development, 52(1): 87–114, 2017.

Choosing Which Firms to Help in Crisis: Evidence from the Emerging European Economies,” Business and Politics, (With Sarah Wilson Sokhey), 18(3): 225–262, 2016.

Violent Conflict and Online Segregation: An Analysis of Social Network Communication Across Ukraine’s Regions,” Journal of Comparative Economics, (With Alex Nikolsko-Rzhevskyy, Alexander Nikolaev, and Alexander Semenov), 44(1):163–181, 2016.

Do Social Networks Bridge Political Divides? The Analysis of VKontakte Social Network Communication in Ukraine,” Post-Soviet Affairs, (With Alexander Nikolaev and Alexander Semenov), 31(3): 224–249, 2015.

“Policy Responsiveness of Post-Communist Governments,” Journal of Self-Governance and Management Economics, (With Sooh-Rhee Ryu), 2(3):7–27, 2014.

Economic Regulation, Red Tape, and Bureaucratic Corruption,” World Development, 59:298–312, 2014.

Bureaucratic Discretion and Regulatory Burden: Business Environment under Alternative Regulatory Regimes,” British Journal of Political Science, 42:573–596, 2012.

Firm Lobbying vs. Sectoral Organization: The Analysis of Business-State Relations in Post-Communist Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs, 27(4):387–409, 2011.

“Business Representation in Eastern Europe: The Failure of Corporatism?” in Interest Groups Lobbying: Europe, Conor McGrath, ed. (Edwin Mellen Press), 2009.

Bureaucratic Corruption and Collective Action: Business Associations in the Post-Communist Transition,” Comparative Politics, 39(4):441–461, 2007.

Legislative Accountability in a New Presidential Democracy: Analysis of the Single Member District Elections to the Russian State Duma,” Europe-Asia Studies, (With Jakub Zielinski), 57(8):1143-1167, 2005.


IR026 Political Economy of Corruption
IR040 The United Nations
IR052 Ukraine at the Crossroads: Regime Change and International Politics
IR056 European Politics   
IR057 Political Economy of Post-Communist Transitions and European Integration   
IR097 Information Warfare 
IR225 International Political Economy 
IR323 Political Economy of Industrialization and Development


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