Kathleen A Collins

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Kathleen Collins is an Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2000.

Professor Collins is the author of Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2006), which won the Central Eurasian Studies Society Award for the Best Book in the Social Sciences on Central Eurasia. She is currently completing her second book: The Rise of Muslim Poltiics: Islam and State in Central Asia and the Caucasus (under contract, Cambridge University Press). She has published articles in World Poltiics, Comparative Poltiics, 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 poltiics, civil and ethic conflict, clan politics, informal institutions, civil society development, and Soviet and post-Soviet political development, especially in Central Asia and the Caucasus. Collins has done extensive field research in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. She has also done extensive consulting for the National Bureau of Asian Research, the United Nations Development Program, the United States Agency for International Development, the International Crisis Group, and other policy-making organizations.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Stanford University, California, 2000.


  • religion and politics, particularly Islam and politics
  • Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan
  • democratization/political transition and identity politics
  • Soviet and post-Soviet political development in Russia and the successor states
  • clan politics and informal institutions
  • civil and ethnic conflict
  • civil society development in Central Asia and the Caucasus
Courses Taught
  • Religion and Politics: PhD Seminar
  • Theoretical Approaches to Religion, Identity, and Conflict
  • Theories of Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Conflict
  • Theoretical Approaches to Islam and Politics
  • Islam and Democracy
  • Islamist Politics in the Middle East, North Africa, and Eurasia
  • Russian Politics
  • Central Asian Politics
  • Politics of the Former Soviet Union
  • Nationalism in Eurasia
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Occasional Advisor: United Nations Development Program, US government, International Crisis Group, National Bureau of Asian Research, and other organizations:


  • Changing Patterns of Islamic Identity and Political Mobilization in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Book manuscript, in progress, under contract, Cambridge University Press


  • Principal Investigator: Civic Involvement of Russian-Speaking Immigrants in Minneapolis, 2007 - 2008
  • pro-bono: Human rights cases,
  • Ideas, Networks, and Islamist Movements: Collins, Kathleen, World Politics, October , 2007.
  • Economic and Security Regionalism among Patrimonial Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Central Asia, Europe-Asia Studies (March 2009, volume 61, issue 2), 251-283
  • Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia. Collins, Kathleen, Cambridge University Press, Author, February 2006.
  • “Political and Institutional Constraints and Opportunities for Regional Cooperation“: Collins, Kathleen, UNDP, Bringing Down the Barriers: Regional Cooperation for Human Development and Human Security, Central Asia Human Development Report 2005, 2005.
  • The Logic of Clan Politics: Evidence from the Central Asian Trajectories: Collins, Kathleen, World Politics, 56 176-190, 2004.
  • The Political Role of Clans: Collins, Kathleen, Comparative Politics, 35, no 2 , January 2003.
  • “Central Asia: Defying Great Game Expectations“: Collins, Kathleen, William Wohlforth, Strategic Asia, 2003.
  • “Tajikistan: Bad Peace Agreements and Prolonged Civil Wars“: Collins, Kathleen, The Prevention of Violent Conflict, 2003.
  • Clans, Pacts, and Politics in Central Asia: Collins, Kathleen, Journal of Democracy, 13, no. 3 , 2002.
  • “Human Security and Transition in Central Asia“: Collins, Kathleen, United Nations, Report for the United Nations Commission on Human Security in Central Asia, 2002.
  • Collins, Kathleen, Author.
  • McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, 2007 - 2009
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society Award for the Best Book in the Social Sciences, 2008
  • Carnegie Scholar Grant, 2004 - 2007
  • NCEEER Grant, 2003 - 2005
  • IREX IARO Grant, 2005 - 2005
  • United States Institute of Peace Grant, 2004 and 1997
  • The S.M. Lipset Award for the Best Comparativist Dissertation in Comparative Politics or Sociology (national dissertation award, awarded from the Society for Comparative Research, Yale University), 2000