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Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Chair of Russian & East European Studies

Contact Information


Rice Hall 211
(440) 775-8286

Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Hamilton College, 1982
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University Michigan Ann Arbor, 1993

Office Hours

Monday/Wednesday 1:45-2:45
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Curriculum Vitae

Stephen Crowley, Professor of Politics, received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His teaching focuses on Russia and Eastern Europe, peace & conflict studies, revolutions, and globalization.

Crowley’s research has focused on the transitions to democracy and capitalism in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, or more specifically, on the challenges postcommunist unions face from past institutional and ideological legacies on the one hand, and from international institutions and global capitalism on the other.

One ongoing project examines the impact of postcommunist labor unions on the now-expanded EU, and explores the debate over the “varieties of capitalism” through the experience of east central Europe. In doing so, it aims to shed light on controversies over the origins of different varieties of capitalism, on why almost all of the postcommunist EU members have adopted “liberal” labor relations, and the resulting impact on the so-called European “social model.” One recent article is here.

A second project examines labor in contemporary Russia, specifically the legacy of the “monogorod” or one-factory towns from the Soviet era. These factories are often near bankruptcy, and thus present particular challenges of potential labor protest that are difficult to resolve since workers have few effective legal channels for expressing discontent under Putin. Initial findings will be presented in a chapter for a collected volume in preparation (co-edited with two colleagues) that examines the impact of such legacies in Asia, Latin America and postcommunist Europe, and is entitled Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective.

These research projects have been funded in recent years by grants from ACLS, the NEH, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and the Collegium Budapest/Institute for Advanced Study.

Publications include: Workers after Workers’ States: Labor and Politics in Postcommunist Eastern Europe (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001) [co-edited with David Ost]; Hot Coal, Cold Steel: Russian and Ukrainian Workers From the End of the Soviet Union to the Post-Communist Transformations (University of Michigan Press, 1997) [Nominated for the AAASS Marshall Shulman Prize, 1998]. Articles have appeared in World Politics, Politics & Society, Eastern European Politics and Societies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, and Demokratizatsiya, as well as a number of collected volumes.

In addition to academic presentations, Crowley has given talks to various community groups on topics ranging from globalization and the global financial crisis to war and peace in US foreign policy.