Associate Professor (2006)

Professor Commercio specializes in Russian and Central Asian comparative politics. Her research interests include issues related to regime transition, ethnic politics, gender, and Islam in post-Soviet states. Professor Commercio's most recent research has been funded by IREX (International Research and Exchange Board), NCEEER (National Council for Eurasian and East European Research), APSA (American Political Science Association), and the University of Vermont. Her work appears in Politics, Groups, and Identities, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Nationalities Papers, Problems of Post-Communism and Post-Soviet Affairs. Professor Commercio's book, "Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks," was published in 2010 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. She is currently writing a book on the political economy of polygynous marriages in Central Asia. Her next  project will analyze political mobilization among secular and religious women in Kyrgyzstan.

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Comparative Politics, with focus on regime transition and ethnic politics in post-Soviet state


  • B.A., Boston College
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


  • 802.656.0620
Office Location:

Old Mill Room 520

Office Hours:

On Sabbatical - Spring 2020

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