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Regine A. Spector

Regine Spector

Professional Title: 

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Service Role: 

  • Field Clerk - Comparative Politics

Office: 

Thompson 516

Email: 

Office Hours: 

Tues and Thurs, 11:30am-12:30 pm and by appt.

Degree: 

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Bio: 

I seek to better understand the creative, contentious, and politically fraught processes that undergird the creation of new market economies and new markets more generally.  My first book, Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia, is available with Cornell University Press (2017) and examines the bottom-up creation and institutionalization of local marketplace orders in Kyrgyzstan. Among other topics, I have also published articles on the politically contested future of bazaars in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the recomposition of apparel manufacturing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Central Asian Survey. My research engages with literature in comparative politics, political economy, post-Soviet studies and when relevant history, geography, and anthropology. Over the years, I have received numerous grants, including a Title-VIII funded dissertation field research grant and a research grant from UMass Amherst’s School of Behavioral Sciences. I teach undergraduate courses in comparative political economy, energy politics, and Central Asian politics. At the graduate level, I teach political economy of development. 

Area of Study: 

  • Comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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Program: 

  • Political Science