Joshua Tucker


Joshua TuckerJoshua A. Tucker is Professor of Politics and (by courtesy) Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University (NYU) and an Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU-Abu Dhabi. He is a Co-Principal Investigator of the NYU Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) laboratory and a Co-Director of the NYU Center for Social and Political Behavior. He is currently the Vice-President of the Midwest Political Science Association, the co-editor of the new Journal of Experimental Political Science, and on the Board of Directors of the Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Societies and the Faculty Advisory Board of NYU’s Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia.

Professor Tucker specializes in comparative politics with an emphasis on mass political behavior in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, public opinion formation, and mass protest, as well as the use of social media in facilitating all forms of political participation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, the Journal of Politics, Political AnalysisPost-Soviet Affairs and the Annual Review of Political Science, and his opinions have been published in the International Herald Tribune, The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera English. In 2006, he was awarded the Emerging Scholar Award for the top scholar in the field of Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior within 10 years of the doctorate. In 2012 he was part of an interdisciplinary four-person team of NYU faculty to win one the National Science Foundation’s inaugural INSPIRE – CREATIV grants.

Professor Tucker is also one of the co-authors of The Monkey Cage, a political science and politics blog, which after five years as an independent blog is moving this fall to the Washington Post. The goal of the blog is to share what political science research has to offer for our understanding of important political developments and policy debates. The Monkey Cage was awarded the 2010 Blog of the Year award by The Week Magazine, becoming the first academic blog to receive this honor. More recently, Time Magazine named The Monkey Cage Top 25 Blog of 2012.




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Articles by Joshua Tucker

Tracing Communism’s Reach, 100 Years After the Russian Revolution: An Interview with Joshua Tucker

Was Fukuyama right? Did communism die with the Soviet Union? Your answer may depend, in part, on your definition of what it means for an ideology to be “living.” But NYU politics professor Joshua Tucker’s new book, Communism’s Shadow (co-written with Grigore Pop-Eleches), which analyzes the attitudes of individuals living in post-communist countries, suggests that communist thought continues to have a real impact today.

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Russians are protesting! Why? A Monkey Cage Symposium

Do the protests that took place across 99 cities in Russia on Sunday signify that meaningful change in Russian politics is likely?

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Kompromat: Everything You Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask)

The logic is simple: If you know that “the services” have a file on you, with information that could get you arrested or destroy your career, you are not very likely to step out of line politically.

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Here’s How Trump’s Election Will Affect U.S.-Russian Relations

Donald Trump broke new ground — especially for a Republican candidate — with his consistent praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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What does Boris Nemtsov’s murder mean for Russia?

The more I think about Nemtsov’s murder, the more worried I am about what comes next.

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Will Russia’s economic turmoil affect its foreign policy?

How is the current financial crisis in Russia likely to affect Putin’s foreign policy choices in the short to mid-term future?

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The Confusing State of U.S.-Russia Relations

It is hard to imagine a more interesting—and confusing—time to take stock of modern U.S.-Russian relations. My Twitter feed is currently ablaze with reports of the possibility that the #US will adopt the #Russia plan for solving the current #Syria crisis. At the same time, Vladimir Putin has just critiqued President Obama on the op-ed page of The New York Times.  These seemingly unexpected and contradictory developments reflect the fact that there are two fundamental realities shaping the bilateral relationship today today: Russian domestic politics and a series of shared and conflicting international interests of both nations.


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