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Assistant Professor 

Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Politics of Post-Soviet region, International Relations

Oksan Bayulgen received her Ph.D. from University of Texas at Austin in 2003. She teaches a range of comparative politics courses, including introduction to comparative politics, politics of Russia and the former Soviet Union, comparative democratization, foreign policies of Russia and the former Soviet Republics, and introduction to non-western politics. Her research focuses on the relationship between globalization and democratization in the post-Soviet region, with a special focus on the politics of oil. She has conducted extensive field work in Azerbaijan, Russia and Norway.

Recent Publications:
    • “Foreign Investment, Oil Curse and Democratization: A Comparison of Azerbaijan and Russia,” Business and Politics 7:1 (2005)

    • “Foreign Capital in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Curse or Blessing?” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 38 (2005): 49-69

    • “The New ‘Great Game’: Oil as a Source of Order or Disorder in the Caucasus,” in Amanda Wooden and Christoph Stefes (eds.) Tempting Two Fates: Political Legacies and Emerging Policy Challenges in Central Asia and the Caucasus (Routledge, forthcoming, 2005)
    • “Facing the Dilemma of Global Capitalism: The Case of Azerbaijan.” Central Asia Survey, 22: 2-3 (Fall 2003)