Department of Political Science
Regina Smyth is a professor of political science at Indiana University; she is particularly interested in how state strategies to sustain the Putin regime influence Russian foreign policy decisions and international behavior. Since 1993, Smyth’s research has relied on original data and extensive fieldwork to examine the interactions between the state, society and opposition forces that shape political, economic and social development. Over time, these interactions explain the evolution of Putinism and the Russian government’s movement toward autocracy.
Areas of Expertise
Russian politics, Russian society, U.S.-Russia relations, protest and elections.