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Assistant Professor
Political Science
Public Relations:Lee Ann Cox (802) 656-1107;
Specialty:politics of post-Soviet Central Asia, international relations
Biography:Michele Commercio specializes in the politics of post-Soviet Central Asia. Her first project explored ethnic tension in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Latvia, and analyzed the impact of formal and informal institutional interaction on Russian minority populations in these states. Her second project looks at the relationship between women, Islamic education, and the state in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. She teaches courses on international relations, Soviet politics, Russian politics, and Central Asian politics. Her work appears in Studies in Comparative International Development, Nationalities Papers, and Problems of Post-Communism.