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Associate Professor

Dept. of Political Science

University of Colorado, Boulder

333 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

Office phone: 303-492-2985

Ketchum Hall, office 133


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About Me

Sarah Wilson Sokhey (Ph.D., The Ohio State University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado, the Director of the Studio Undergrad Research Lab, and the Director of Training at the Institute of Behavioral Science. 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 theInternational Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). She has also written for popular press publications including the Monkey Cage blog at the Washington Post.


2018 Winner of the Ed A. Hewett Book Prize

The Political Economy of Pension Policy Reversal

Cambridge University Press 2017

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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.

Recent Work & News

Support Sunflower Seeds Ukraine in its work to provide medical aid and protective gear!


Presentations on YouTube

Check out the new textbook out in October 2022, Russian Politics Today, edited by Susanne Wengle including my chapter with Ilya Matveev, "Inequality and Social Policy"

KOA Newsradio interview on Russia's war against Ukraine on October 4, 2022

CU Boulder Today, "How strong is Putin's Grip on Power? Political scientist weighs in," Sept. 26, 2022.

PONARS Commentary, "Illiberalism and Public Opinion Junctures in Russia's War on Ukraine," June 21, 2022

Studio Undergrad Lab expands to all of the Social Sciences, June 8, 2022

"The War in Ukraine," presentation at Nederland Community Library on May 5, 2022 and Estes Valley Library, May 28, 2022

KOA Newsradio interviews on the Russia's war against Ukraine on February 16th, February 18th, and February 24th, March 10th, March 25th, and April 4th

Ukrainathon, 24 hour event hosted by PONARS Eurasia, March 15, 2022

War & Crisis in Ukraine, Roundtable, University of Colorado Boulder, February 28, 2022

Check out the STUDIO Undergrad Research Lab. My article with Jeffrey Nonnemacher reviewing our experiences creating & running the lab is open access in PS: Political Science & Politics (published February 2022)

Using case studies of pension and housing reform, we can see the changing meaning of social citizenship at the heart of Russian politics. See my spring 2021 article in Russian Politics with Regina Smyth.

Read "Pandemic Politics in Eurasia: Roadmap for a New Research Subfield" out now in Problems of Post-Communism (October 2020) which includes our call for more work on pandemic politics.