Jeanne Wilson

Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Russian Studies, Emerita


Ph.D., M.A., Indiana University
A.B., University of Michigan


My primary interest is in comparing Russian and Chinese political behavior in response to both domestic and foreign policy challenges.

I am also interested in the politics of post-Communist states, and more broadly, issues of comparative politics and international relations.


“Russian and China: Deepening Relations in a Situation of Asymmetry,” in Steven Wegren, ed. Putin’s Russia: Past Imperfect, Future Uncertain, Seventh Edition.  (New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018), pp. 247-267.

“Russia’s Relationship with China: the Role of Domestic and Ideational Factors,” International Politics, forthcoming 2018.

“The US Pivot to Asia: Implications for China and East Asia,” in David Lane and Quichang Zhu, Eds. Changing Regional Alliances for China and the West.  (Lanham MD: Lexington Books, 2018), 265-289.

“The Russian Pursuit of Regional Hegemony,” Rising Powers Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2017, 7-25.

“The Eurasian Economic Union and China’s Silk Road: Implications for the Russian-Chinese Relationship,” European Politics and Society, Vol. 17, Sup1, July 2016, 113-132. doi: 10.1080/23745118.2016.1171288.

“Cultural Statecraft in the Russian and Chinese Context: Domestic and International Implications,” Problems of Post-CommunismVol. 63, No. 3, 2016, 135-145doi:10.1080/10758216.2015.1132630.

“Russia and China Respond to Soft Power: Interpretation and Readaptation of a Western Construct,” Politics, Vol. 35, Issue 3/4, 2015, 287-300.doi: 10.1111/1467-9256.12095.

“Soft Power: A Comparison of Discourse and Practice in Russia and China,” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67, Issue 8, 2015, 1171-1202. doi:10.1080/09668136.2015.1078108.

“Discourse on Democratization by Russian and Chinese Political Elites,” East European Politics, Vol. 28, Issue 2, July 2012, 144-162.

“The Legacy of the Color Revolutions for Russian Politics and Foreign Policy,” Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 57, No. 2 (March-April 2010), 21-36.

“China, Russia, and the Taiwan Issue: The View from Moscow,” in James A. Bellacqua, ed. The Future of China-Russia Relations (Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 2010), 293-311.

“Colour Revolutions: The View from Moscow and Beijing,” Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 25, Issues 2 and 3 (June 2009), 369-395. Also published in Stephen White and David Lane (eds), Rethinking the Coloured Revolutions (New York: Routledge, 2010).

“Emerging Capitalism in Russia and China: Implications for Europe,” (with Sheila M. Puffer and Daniel J. McCarthy), European Journal of International Management, Vol. 1, Nos.1/2, 2007, 146-165.

“The Impact of the Demise of State Socialism on China,” in David Lane, ed. The Transformation of State Socialism (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2007), 269-285.

“China’s Transformation toward Capitalism,” in David Lane and Martin Myant, eds. Varieties of Capitalism in Post-Socialist Countries (Hampshire, UK: Palgrave, 2006), 239-257.

Strategic Partners: Russian-Chinese Relations in the Post-Soviet Era (Armonk, NY: M.E.Sharpe, 2004).

Teaching Interests

Russian Domestic Politics, Russian Foreign Policy, Chinese Domestic Politics, Chinese Foreign Policy, Introduction to International Relations, Theories of International Relations, National Identity in the Post-Soviet Space, International Security Policy, Senior Seminar in International Relations/Comparative Politics.

Student Projects

In the 2015-2016 academic year, I  supervised two honors theses. Ethan Fitzgerald, a political science and biochemistry major, wrote a thesis that critiqued the predominant international relations theories of realism, liberalism and constructivism arguing for their synthesis. Olegsandr Lozytska, an international relations and Hispanic Studies major, wrote a thesis entitled “The Idea of a European Ukraine” that examined Ukraine’s post-Soviet efforts to establish a national identity. Previous honors thesis projects have included Russian foreign policy toward Syria, the demise of American power, labor migration from Central Asia to Russia, and environmental issues in China.

Research Interests

I am working on  a project–envisioned in its ultimate format as a book– that investigates the efforts of Russian and Chinese political elites to construct a national identity that provides a legitimization narrative for the regime and serves as an alternative to the predominant global norms and values promoted by Western actors.