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Regine A. Spector

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor
Director of the Russian, Eurasian and Polish Studies Program


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Office Hours: 

Fall 2021 - Monday mornings


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


I seek to better understand the creative, contentious, and politically fraught processes that undergird the creation of new market economies. 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 Review of International Political Economy, Polity, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Central Asian Survey. Please see the "Publications" tab for more details on my research and engagement 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 NCEEER national research grant, 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 courses related to development; please see the "Teaching" tab for more information on my mentoring and work with doctoral students at UMass Amherst. 

Area of Study: 

  • Comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science