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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 founding director of Studio Lab for Undergrads, and the director of graduate training at the Institute of Behavioral Science.  She is also a member of PONARS Eurasia, a network of over 100 academic experts specializing in Eurasia.  She was inducted into the University of Colorado's President's Teaching Scholars Program in February 2024.

She writes about the connection between politics and economics with a focus on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Caucuses.  Her work has been published in journals such as Comparative European Politics, Party Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Business & Politics, and Economics & Politics, and has received support from the International 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.

Her current work focuses on the local provision of public goods in Ukraine.


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 

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Recent Work

See my 2023 article with Marija Verner and Pavel Bačovský, "Triggering Populist Support in Europe" European Political Science.

See my 2023 article with Michelle Benedum, Sarah Brown, and Tyler Garret: "Learning Together: Experimental Evidence on Promoting Connections in Remote Classes", PS: Political Science & Politics.

See my 2023 articles with Daria Prisiazhniuk, "Cracking the Nest Egg: Comparing Pension Politics in Post-Communist Russia and Hungary," Social Policy and Society

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

Presentations on Ukraine

"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 of 2022

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

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

Studio Lab for Undergrads

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

Check out the Studio Lab for Undergrads.  You can read my article with Jeffrey Nonnemacher about our experiences creating & running the lab in PS: Political Science & Politics (open access), published February 2022.