Stephen K. Wegren

Director of International Studies


Office: Carr Collins Hall 220
Phone: 214-768-2523
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Educational Background

Ph.D., Columbia University


Stephen K. Wegren received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is Professor in the political science department at SMU. Starting in Fall 2006, Professor Wegren became the Director for  International and Area Studies. His most notable fellowships and honors include two grants from the National Council on Eurasian and East European Research; a Social Science Research Council Post-doctoral fellowship, a grant from OXFAM; several grants from IREX; and grants from the Ford Foundation, the Norwegian Research Council, and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is the author of more than 140 articles and book chapters on various aspects of political and economic reform in post-communist states. His single-authored and edited books include:

  • Land Reform in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (1998)
  • Agriculture and the State in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (1998), which won the Hewett award for best book in political economy from AAASS in 1999
  • Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia (2002)
  • The Land Question in Ukraine and Russia (2002)
  • Russian Policy Challenges: Security, Stability, and Development (2003)
  • Building Market Institutions in Post-Communist Agriculture: Land, Credit, and Assistance (2004)
  • Russia’s Food Policies and Globalization (2005)
  • The Moral Economy Reconsidered: Russia’s Search for Agrarian Capitalism (2005)
  • Rural Adaptation in Russia (2005)
  • Land Reform in Russia: Institutional Design and Behavioral Responses (2009)
  • After Putin’s Russia (2010)
  • Return to Putin’s Russia (2013)
  • Rural Inequality In Divided Russia (2014)
  • Putin’s Russia, 6th ed. (2016)
  • Food Policy and Food Security in Russia (2018)
  • Putin’s Russia, 7th ed. (2018).