Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. His research and teaching interests encompass comparative politics, international relations, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, labor politics, development studies, qualitative methodology, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is author of Managing ‘Modernity’: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (2002) and Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (2010), coauthored with Peter Katzenstein. The latter was one of thirteen titles in international relations honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011. Professor Sil’s articles have appeared in a wide range of journals, including Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs. He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and coeditor of four volumes, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (2001) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (2007). Professor Sil is currently working on two books, Russia Reconsidered: The Fate of a Former Superpower, and Pathways of the Post-communist Proletariat. Some of the research for the latter book was presented in a paper (comparing Czech and Polish labor relations) that received the Award for Best Paper in Labor Studies presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA).
- Comparative politics: labor politics, institutional analysis, development
- Area specialties: Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies
- International relations: general theory, international organizations
- Qualitative Methods: Comparative-historical analysis, philosophy of social science
- BOOK -- Managing "Modernity": Work Community and Authority in
Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia.
University of Michigan Press, 2002.
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- BOOK -- Beyond
Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics. Palgrave
Macmillan, 2010. Coauthored with Peter
J. Katzenstein. -- CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title in 2011
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- ARTICLE -- "Liberalization and Labor Incorporation in Postcommunist Europe: A Paired Comparison of Poland and the Czech Republic." Presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Assocation, March 2014, Toronto, Canada.
- ARTICLE -- "When Multi-Method Research Subverts Methodological Pluralism - Or, Why We Still Need Single-Method Research" (with Amel Ahmed), Perspectives on Politics 10, 4 (December 2012): 935-953.
- ARTICLE -- "Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics: Reconfiguring Problems and Mechanisms across Research Traditions" (with Peter J. Katzenstein), Perspectives on Politics 8, 2 (June 2010): 411-431.
- ARTICLE -- "Stretching Postcommunism: Diversity, Context and Comparative Historical Analysis" (with Cheng Chen), Post-Soviet Affairs 23, 4 (2007): 275-301.
- ARTICLE -- "Communist Legacies, Postcommunist Transformations, and the Fate of Organized Labor in Russia and China" (with Calvin Chen). Studies in Comparative International Development, 41, 2 (Summer 2006): 62-87.
- ARTICLE -- "State Legitimacy and the (In)significance of Democracy in Post-Communist Russia" (with Cheng Chen), Europe-Asia Studies 56, 3 (May 2004).
- ARTICLE -- "The Foundations of Eclecticism: The Epistemological Status of Agency, Culture, and Structure in Social Theory," Journal of Theoretical Politics (July 2000).
- EDITED VOLUME -- The Politics of Labor in a Global Age. Oxford University Press, 2001. Co-edited with Christopher Candland. Order this book from the publisher.
- EDITED VOLUME -- Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space: Syncretic Responses to Challenges of Political and Economic Transformation. Palgrave-Macmillan (Series in the Evolution of Political Institutions), 2007. Coedited with Dennis Galvan. Order this book from the publisher.
- PSCI 610: Comparative Political Analysis (graduate field seminar)
- PSCI 217/517: Russian Politics (lecture)
- PSCI 116: Political Change in the "Third World" (lecture)
- PSCI 598/398: The Idea of Development (Seminar)