Havighurst Faculty and Staff
Dr. Karen Dawisha is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and the director of its Havighurst Center for Russian and Post Soviet Studies. She graduated with honors in Russian and Political Science from the University of Lancaster in England and received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. She has served as an advisor to the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and as an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations, she was a member of the Policy Planning Staff and the Bureau of Political Military Affairs of the U.S. State Department (1985-7). Until the summer of 2000 she was a Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and had served as the Director of its Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies. She has had extensive overseas experience, living abroad from 1969-1983 in England, 1990-91 in Egypt, and having done more than two dozen research trips to Russia, Central and Eastern Europe,and Central Asia, as well as with extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East.
Her major publications include: Russia and the New States of Eurasia: The Politics of Upheaval, (Cambridge University Press, coauthored with Bruce Parrott, 1994); Eastern Europe, Gorbachev and Reform: The Great Challenge, (Cambridge University Press,1989, 2nd ed., 1990); The Kremlin and the Prague Spring, (California University Press, 1984); The Soviet Union in the Middle East: Politics and Perspectives, (Holmes and Meier for the Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1982); Soviet East-European Dilemmas: Coercion, Competition, and Consent, (Holmes and Meier for the Royal Institute for International Affairs, 1981); and Soviet Foreign Policy Toward Egypt, (Macmillan, 1979).
recently, as director of the Russian Littoral Project, she was the series
editor (with Bruce Parrott) of the 10 volume International Politics of
Eurasia, published by M.E.Sharpe and has also edited several volumes in
that series, including: Making of Foreign Policy in Russia and the New
States of Eurasia, (coedited with Adeed Dawisha, 1995), The End of Empire?
TheTransformation of the USSR in Comparative Perspective, (coedited with
Bruce Parrott); The International Dimension of Post Communist Transitions
in Russia and the New States of Eurasia, (1997). Finally, she has coedited
with Bruce Parrott a four-volume series published by Cambridge University
Press on Authoritarian and Democratization in Post-communist Societies.
The volumes are The Consolidation of Democracy in East Central Europe;
Politics, Power and the Struggle for Democracy in South-East Europe; Conflict,
Cleavage and Change in Central Asia and Letter Letter the Caucasus; and
Democratic Changes and Authoritarian Reactions in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus
Karen Dawisha was born in Colorado, is a US citizen, and is married to Adeed Dawisha, also at Miami University. They have two children.