Office: McGannon Hall, Room 140
Office Hours: Spring 2014 -- Sabbatical Leave
Dr. Ellen Carnaghan, Professor of Political Science and department chair at Saint Louis University, teaches and conducts research in Russian politics, the politics of post-communism, and political change in many aspects, including democratization and social movements.
Education and Background. Dr. Carnaghan received a B.A. from Brown University, a Master of Arts of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Ph.D. from New York University. She studied Russian language at Brown and at Columbia University. Before arriving at Saint Louis University in 1993, she taught at New York University and worked with the Soviet Coordination Group of Amnesty International USA.
Teaching. Dr. Carnaghan teaches graduate and undergraduate classes that examine communist and post-communist politics and that investigate broad processes of political change, including ethnic conflict and revolution. She sometimes teaches a version of the undergraduate research methods class that focuses on the study of social movements.
Dr. Carnaghan has won a number of teaching awards, including the State of Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Robert A. Johnston, S. J. award for excellence in teaching in the social sciences, the Student Government Association Faculty Excellence Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award, and the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Advising Award.
Research. Dr. Carnaghan's research focuses on the roles citizens play in political change--their choices to support their government or rebel against it, their participation in social movements or organized violence, and the various factors that inspire citizens to take action to alter the political system. Her recent book, Out of Order: Russian Political Values in an Imperfect World (Penn State University Press, 2007) examines how the political values of Russian citizens have been shaped by the disorderly conditions that followed the collapse of communism. To support field research in Russia, Dr. Carnaghan received a Fulbright-Hays fellowship, a grant from the American Political Science Association, multiple grants from the International Research and Exchanges Board, and grants from the Beaumont and Mellon funds at SLU.
Dr. Carnaghan has also written articles on popular attitudes in Russia and Eastern Europe that appeared in Comparative Politics, PS: Political Science and Politics, Democratization, Slavic Review, and Post-Soviet Affairs.
Dr. Carnaghan is presently working on a manuscript for a new book, Constructing Citizens: Mass Protest in Autocratic Regimes. This work explores methods of overcoming obstacles to democratization in post-communist regimes and has involved field research in Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia in 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice syllabus
Comparative Revolution syllabus
Ethnicity and Internal War syllabus
Methods: Social Movements syllabus
Russian Political Culture syllabus
Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics syllabus