University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Political Science


Faculty - Michele Commercio

Michele Commercio, Associate Professor (2006)

  • B.A., Boston College
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
  • Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Area of expertise

Comparative Politics

Contact Information
Office: Old Mill Room 520
Phone: 802.656.0620

Office Hours: Monday/Wednesday/Friday - 10:45-11:45 or by appointment.

Website: Faculty Website

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 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. Her new project analyzes political mobilization among secular and religious women in Kyrgyzstan.