Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Stephen Crowley

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Chair of Russian & East European Studies
Chair of Peace & Conflict Studies

Contact Information


Rice Hall 211
(440) 775-8286

Stephen Crowley

Stephen (Steve) Crowley

Educational Background

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

Office Hours

Tuesday 2:00-4:30
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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 is a scholar of the politics of Russia and Eastern Europe, with a focus on labor politics and the political economy of postcommunist transformations. His research has centered 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 labor in contemporary Russia, specifically the legacy of the “monogorod” or one-factory towns left from the Soviet era. These factories are often near bankruptcy, and thus present particular challenges of potential labor protest that are difficult to resolve, especially since workers have few effective legal channels for expressing discontent under Putin. Initial findings will be presented in Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective (co-edited with Teri Caraway and Maria Lorena Cook; forthcoming from Cornell University Press) The volume examines the impact of labor legacies from the authoritarian period in new democracies in Asia, Latin America and postcommunist Europe.

Another recent topic concerns the concept of "class" in post-Soviet Russia, as it is discussed by Russian social scientists, by the political leadership, and in popular culture and everyday discourse.

Past research has examined 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, and the impact of the more flexible labor relations of eastern Europe on the so-called European “social model.” One recent article is here.

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:  Working Through the Past: Labor and Authoritarian Legacies in Comparative Perspective,  (Cornell University Press, forthcoming) [co-edited with Teri Caraway and Maria Lorena Cook]; 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 the conflict in Russia and Ukraine, globalization and the global financial crisis, and war and peace in US foreign policy.