Michele E. Commercio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Vermont. She teaches classes on Russian politics, Central Asian politics, and ethnic conflict in post-Soviet states. She has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in Soviet and East European Studies from the University of Connecticut, and a BA from Boston College. Commercio’s research interests include issues related to regime transition, ethnic politics, gender, and Islam in post-Soviet states.


Professor Commercio is the author of Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010). She has published articles in Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Nationalities Papers, Problems of Post-Communism, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. Commercio’s current projects analyze women’s activism in Kyrgyzstan and the causes and consequences of polygynous marriages in Kyrgyzstan. Commercio’s research has been funded by IREX, NCEEER, APSA, USIP, IIE, the NSF, and the University of Vermont.