Rudra Sil

236 Stiteler Hall
Office Hours: Wednesdays 2PM-3PM

Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and the SAS Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business.  His teaching and research interests encompass comparative politics, international relations, Russian/post-communist studies, Asian studies, comparative 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 coauthor, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (2010). His 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, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and has coedited several volumes, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (2001); World Order After Leninism (2006) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (2007).  Professor Sil is currently working on book that analyzes the transformation of labor relations in post-communist Russia, China, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Some of the research for that book was presented in a paper (comparing Czech and Polish labor relations) that received the 2014 ‘Best Paper’ Award of the American Political Science Association (APSA) Labor Project.

Research Interests: 
  • 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
Selected Publications: 
  • 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.
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  • 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.
Courses Taught: 
  • 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)

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Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair