Tim Colton, the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and the chair of the department of government at Harvard University, will present a lecture titled “Political Leadership after Communism,” on Monday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn. The event is part of the Security Program at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, and is free and open to the public.
Colton’s main interest is Russian and post-Soviet government and politics. He is the author of The Dilemma of Reform in the Soviet Union (1986); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (1995), which was named best scholarly book in government and political science by the Association of American Publishers; Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the New Russia (2000); and Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of 1999 and 2000 (with Michael McFaul, 2003).
He is currently writing a book on the statecraft of Boris Yeltsin and coordinating a joint project on the post-Communist state. Colton was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a member of the Joint Committee on Soviet Studies of the Social Science Research Council and the American Council of Learned Societies and vice-chairman of the National Council for East European, Russian and Eurasian Research. He is a member of the editorial board of World Politics and Post-Soviet Affairs.