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Michele Commercio

Michelle Commercio
Michele Commercio

Associate Professor of Political Science , University of Vermont, U

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Professor Commercio specializes in Central Asian comparative politics. Her research interests include regime transition, ethnic politics, gender, and Islam in post-Soviet states. Professor Commercio's research has been funded by IREX (International Research and Exchange Board), NCEEER (National Council for Eurasian and East European Research), APSA (American Political Science Association), and the University of Vermont. Her work appears in Politics, Groups, and Identities, Political Science Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Nationalities Papers, Problems of Post-Communism and Post-Soviet Affairs. Professor Commercio's book, "Russian Minority Politics in Post-Soviet Latvia and Kyrgyzstan: The Transformative Power of Informal Networks," was published in 2010 with the University of Pennsylvania Press. She is currently writing a book on the political economy of polygynous marriages in Central Asia. Her next  project will analyze political mobilization among women in Kyrgyzstan.