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Molly O'Neal

Adjunct Instructor
School of International Service

  • Molly O’Neal teaches courses on the domestic politics, economics, state-building and foreign relations of post communist Russia and Eurasia. Her Foreign Service Career spanned two decades and concentrated on the post-communist transition in Europe and Eurasia, with postings in Moscow, Tbilisi, Tashkent, Baku, and at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She received her PhD at Johns Hopkins SAIS in spring 2012 in Russian and Eurasian studies with fieldwork supported by an IREX grant. Her research interests center on post communist Europe and Eurasia in a comparative politics framework, encompassing as well this region’s role in the emerging global political economy.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies 2012, MA, Stanford University 1989, MA/M.Ed., University of Virginia 1975, BA, University of Texas at Austin 1973
  • Book Currently Reading:

    The Age of Capital by Eric Hobsbawm

    Languages Spoken:

    Russian, French and Spanish

  • SIS - School of International Service
  • East Quad Bldg - 304
  • Thursday 10:30-12 and by appointment

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

I am working on the revision of my dissertation “Comparative Democratization and Small Business Development in Russia’s Regions 1991-2008” for publication, and am applying for several post-doctoral fellowships for AY 2013-2014 to accomplish this.  I also am outlining a new research project delving into the role of business and other sub-state actors in shaping contemporary Russian relations with Poland.  I am also working on a study of the early impacts on Russian business of the country’s recent accession to the WTO. 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • IREX Embassy Policy Specialist Grant 2012
  • IREX IARO dissertation fieldwork research grant 2009-2010