Carol R. Nechemias, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Emerita of Political Science and Public Policy, School of Public Affairs
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Carol Nechemias is an associate professor emerita of Public Policy and Political Science at Penn State Harrisburg. She earned her undergraduate degree from Washington University (St. Louis) and her Ph.D. in political science from Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization include Russian domestic politics and women in politics. Her work on Russian living standards has appeared in Slavic Review, Soviet Studies, Urban Studies, Studies in Comparative Communism, and Social Science Quarterly. Her essays on women's status in post-Soviet Russia have been published in the journals Women and Politics and Demokratizatsiya and as book chapters focusing on such topics as women's access to legislative seats, the development of a women's movement, women's political participation, and women's health issues. Nechemias is co-editor of two books, The Encyclopedia of Russia Women's Movements and Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism. In 2004-05 she served as a Fulbright Scholar at Volgograd State University in Russia, teaching and conducting research.

Professional Affiliations
  • American Political Science Association
  • American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies
  • Women's Caucus in Political Science
  • Association of Women in Slavic Studies


Research Interests
Russian politics and society
Gender and politics
Women's issues in Russia