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Allen Lynch

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Politics
Office location and address
S397 Gibson Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Political Science, Columbia University

His current research interests include Russian foreign policy, Russian politics in comparative perspective, and relationships between international order and political development. In 2006, he received an All-University Teaching Award. Courses offered include: Russian Foreign Policy, Russian Politics, American-Russian Relations, Domestic Politics & American Foreign Policy. Books and monographs include: Vladimir Putin & Russian Statecraft (Potomac Books, 2011); How Russia is Not Ruled: Reflections on Russian Political Development (Cambridge University Press, 2005); Does Russia Have a Democratic Future? (Foreign Policy Association, 1997); Europe from the Balkans to the Urals (Oxford University Press/Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, 1996), with Reneo Lukic; The Cold War Is Over—Again (Westview Press, 1992); Political & Military Implications of the “Nuclear Winter” Theory (Institute for East-West Security Studies, 1988); and The Soviet Study of International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 1987), which received the Marshall D. Shulman Award of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

His articles have appeared in numerous learned journals abroad and in the United States; his works have been translated into Russian, Chinese, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and Polish. In 2008, Mr. Lynch was Visiting Professor at the Center for Russian Studies, East China Normal University, Shanghai; In 2005, he was Visiting Scholar at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris; in 2001, he was Visiting Professor at the JFK Institute for North American Studies, Free University of Berlin as well as Visiting Scholar at the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Auswaertige Politik, Berlin; in 1993-1994, he was Visiting Scholar at the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Research Institute, Munich; in 1981-1982, he was Albert Gallatin Fellow in International Affairs at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, Geneva; and in 1980-81 he was Visitor at the Russian Research Center, Harvard University.

Between 1993-2006, as Director of the Center for Russian & East European Studies, he raised $1.5 million in Russian and East European Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships & program funds. In 1997, he received the Kleinhans Award for Distinguished Service to the School of Continuing Education. At Virginia, he has held both the White Burkett Miller Chair in Public Policy (1992-94) and the Cummings Memorial Chair in International Affairs (2002-2008). He is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association. Between 1988-2012 he was Executive Vice-President of the Feris Foundation of America, a foundation devoted to doctoral research in international studies, disbursing more than $2 million in international doctoral fellowships during that period. Between 2010-12, he was Director of Research, Center for International Studies at the University.

PLCP 3210: Russian Politics
Credits: 3
Analyzes the political system of the former USSR and Russia from 1917 to the present. Focuses on evolution of the Soviet state, modernization and social change, efforts to reform the system, the collapse of the USSR, as well as the economic and political transformation taking place in the newly independent states. Prerequisite: Some background in comparative politics and/or history of Russia.
PLIR 3760: Russia/USSR in World Affairs
Credits: 3
Surveys the international relations of the Russian state, looking at Imperial legacies, the Soviet era from 1917-85, the Gorbachev era, and post-Soviet problems of Russian foreign policy. Prerequisite: Some background in international relations or the history of Russia.
PLIR 4440: Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy
Credits: 3
Domestic Politics and American Foreign Policy.
PLIR 4500: Special Topics in International Relations
Credits: 3
Intensive analysis of selected issues and concepts in international relations. Prerequisite: One course in PLIR or instructor permission.
PLIR 5993: Selected Problems in International Relations
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLCP 5993: Selected Problems in Comparative Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study, under faculty supervision, for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
PLAP 5993: Selected Problems in American Politics
Credits: 1–3
Independent study under faculty supervision, for students who are preparing for intensive research on a specific topic. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.