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Department of Political Science
University of Colorado, Boulder
333 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309


Sarah Wilson Sokhey (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado, a Faculty Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science, and an Associate Fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. She is also a member of the PONARS Eurasia group, a network of over 100 academic experts specializing in Russia and Eurasia.

She writes about the connection between politics and economics including economic and social policy reforms and business-state relations, especially in Russia and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.  Her work has been published in various journals including Party Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, and Economics & Politics, and has received support from the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). She has also contributed to the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post.

Her current research includes a project with Israel Marques (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) entitled The Foundations of Social Policy Support: Experimental Evidence on How Institutional Quality Affects Redistributive Preferences. They incorporate original experimental data, original survey work, and case studies to understand the puzzling persistence of support for government-provided services in countries with poorly functioning institutions.

The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal in Post-Communist Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2017) examines the global trend in the reversal of a radical pension policy using survival analysis, survey data, and case studies of the Russian, Polish, and Hungarian experiences.