Steven Fish

M. Steven Fish

Professor of Political Science
Dept of Political Science
(510) 643-1943
Research Expertise and Interest
comparative politics, Russian politics, democracy, religion and politics, legislative process
Research Description

Professor Fish's research and teaching interests include general comparative politics, democracy and authoritarianism, Russian politics, national legislatures, and religion and politics. He is the author of Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence (Oxford University Press, 2011), which was selected for Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles, 2012: Top 25 Books. He is also author of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2005), which was the recipient of the Best Book Award of 2006, presented by the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association, and Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1995). He is coauthor of The Handbook of National Legislatures: A Global Survey (Cambridge University press, 2009) and Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2001). He has published articles in many journals, including Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Current History, the Journal of Democracy, Post-Soviet Affairs, Slavic Review, and World Politics. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Fellow and Visiting Professor at the Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia, and at the European University at St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has also been the recipient of the Distinguished Social Sciences Teaching Award of the Colleges of Letters and Science. He appears frequently as a commentator on BBC World News TV and radio, Deutsche Welle, and other outlets.

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