Daniel Treisman


Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Educated at Oxford University (BA Hons. 1986) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1995), his work focuses on Russian politics and economics and comparative political economy. He has published four books and many articles in leading political science and economics journals including The American Political Science Review and The American Economic Review, as well as in the public affairs journals Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. A former lead editor of The American Political Science Review, he has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and as acting director of UCLA’s Center for European and Russian Studies. In Russia, he is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Jury of the National Prize in Applied Economics. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford) and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), and has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the US and the Smith Richardson Foundation. His latest book, The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (The Free Press, 2011) was one of the Financial Times’ “Best Political Books of 2011.” 

Selected publications

"The New Dictators Rule by Velvet Fist," with Sergei Guriev, The New York Times, May 24, 2015.

“The New Authoritarianism,” with Sergei Guriev, www.voxeu.org, March 21, 2015. 

“Normal Countries: The East 25 Years After Communism,” with Andrei Shleifer, Foreign Affairs, November-December, 2014. 

The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev, The Free Press, 2011. 

Website: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/polisci/faculty/treisman/