James G. Richter

Professor of Politics



Pettengill Hall, Room 165

European Studies

Pettengill Hall, Room 165



B.A., Cornell University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

My expertise is on Russian politics, international politics, and the politics of Eastern Europe. Currently I am following two lines of research. The first compares the role of non-governmental organizations in Russia and China. It examines why these two authoritarian regimes should encourage the creation of non-governmental organizations, and the strategies they use to ensure that they do not grow into oppositional movements. The second examines the politics of memory concerning the Holocaust, Nazism, WWII and communism in Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Russia.