Collegiate Affiliation

Kathleen Collins is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Political Science with a focus on Russia and Muslim Eurasia. Collins received her B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a dual major in Russian Language and Literature and Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Professor Collins is the author of Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia (Cambridge University Press), which won the Central Eurasian Studies Society Award for the Best Book in the Social Sciences on Central Eurasia, 2008. She is currently completing her second book: The Rise of Muslim Politics: Islam and State in Central Asia and the Caucasus (under contract, Cambridge University Press). She has published articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, the Journal of Democracy, Political Research Quarterly, and Europe-Asia Studies, as well as in numerous edited volumes.

Collins' research and teaching interests include: political transition and democratization, Islam and politics, civil and ethic conflict, clan politics, informal institutions, civil society development, and Soviet and post-Soviet political development, especially in Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Russia. Collins has done extensive field research in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. She has also worked on projects for the National Bureau of Asian Research, the United Nations Development Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the International Crisis Group, and various US government agencies.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Political Science, Stanford University
  • B.A.: Government and International Studies and Russian Language and Literature, University of Notre Dame


  • Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan
  • democratization and political transition
  • religion and politics, particularly Islam and politics
  • Soviet and post-Soviet political development in Russia and the successor states
  • clan, tribal, and ethnic politics