Susanne Wengle



  • University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, Fall 2015 – date
  • Concurrent Faculty Keough School of Global Affairs, Notre Dame, since 2016
  • Faculty Fellow Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Notre Dame, since 2015
  • Facutly Fellow Kellog Institute for International Studies, Notre Dame, since 2016
  • University of Chicago, Post-doctoral Researcher and Lecturer, December 2010 – July 2015
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Post-doctoral Researcher, September 2010 – Sept. 2014


  • University of California Berkeley, Ph.D. Dept. of Political Science, December 2010
  • University of California Berkeley, MA Dept. of Political Science, May 2004
  • Columbia University, MIA School of International and Public Affairs, May 2002
  • Moscow State University, Visiting Scholar, History Department, Fall 2001
  • London School of Economics, B.Sc. International Relations (First Class Honors), June 2000

Publications; peer-reviewed


Wengle, S. (2015) Post-Soviet Power: State-led Development and Russia’s Marketization. New York: Cambridge University Press. Book received Honorable Mention 2016 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize, awarded by the Association for the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).


  • Wengle, S. (2017). "Understanding the new land rush; how capital inflows transformed Russia’s rural economy." Governance
  • Wengle, S. (2015) Political Economy of Food in the US and Russia, chapter in Place-Based Perspectives of Food, K. Fitzpatrick and D. Willis (eds.), Palgrave/MacMillan.
  • Wengle, S. (2015/online, forthcoming in print) When experimentalist governance meets sciencebased regulations; the case of food safety regulations. Regulation & Governance.
  • Wengle, S. (2012) Engineers versus Managers; experts, market-making and state-building in Putin’s Russia. Economy and Society, 41:3
  • Wengle, S. (2012) Post-Soviet Developmentalism and the Political Economy of Russia's Electricity Sector Liberalization. Studies in Comparative International Development, 47:1
  • Wengle, S. (2008) The monetization of l'goty: Changing patterns of welfare politics and provision in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 60:5 (with Michael Rasell)

Publications contributing to policy debates:

  • Wengle, S. (2016) The Domestic Effects of the Russian Food Embargo. Demokratizatsiya, 24:3.
  • Wengle, S. (2013) How Food Safety Regulations Produce the Producer. Chicago Policy Review, August 2013
  • Wengle, S. (2008) Reforming the L’goty System: The Future of In-kind Benefits in Post-Soviet Russia. Russian Analytical Digest, No.37 (with Michael Rasell)
  • Wengle, S. (2007) Power Politics: Electricity Sector Reforms in Post-Soviet Russia. Russian Analytical Digest, No.27. Reprinted (2008) in Russia’s Energy Sector between Politics and Business, Arbeitspapiere & Materialien der Forschungsstelle Osteuropa/Universität Bremen, No. 92:36
  • Wengle, S. (2007) Centralize to Liberalize? The Politics of Creating Electricity Markets in Post-Soviet Russia (dissertation abstract) Economic Sociology – European Newsletter, 8:2, 45
  • Wengle, S. (2003) Current State of Reforms in the Water Provision of Azerbaijan: Recommendations for a Coherent and Effective Donor Policy, Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco).

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

  • "The New Land Rush; How Global Capital Flows Transform Rural Economies," Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 2015 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 19, 2015.
  • “Land Rush: governance response versus institutions,” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2015 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, September 3, 2015.
  • “Revisiting construction in comparative and international political economy; the dynamic construction of ‘organic’,” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2014 Annual Meeting,
  • Washington DC, August 29, 2014); earlier version presented at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 2014 Annual Conference, Chicago, July 11, 2014.
  • “Russia’s Position in the Ukraine Crisis,” panel discussion with John Mearsheimer and Stan Markus, Dept. of Political Science, University of Chicago, April 9, 2014
  • “Energy and Politics in Russia and the Former Soviet Union,” Energy and the Global Environment, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago, June 23, 2014
  • “When experimentalist governance meets science-based regulations; the case of food safety regulations,” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2013 Annual Meeting, Chicago, September 1, 2013
  • “Alternative food: A test case for experimentalist governance” Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) 2013 Annual Conference, Chicago, April 13, 2013
  • “The creation and evolution of standardized market categories” Western Political Science Association (WPSA) 2013 Annual Conference, Los Angeles, March 28, 2013
  • “Industrial Agriculture and Its Alternatives in the US and Russia” Feeding the World: Challenges to Achieving Food Security, Center for International Studies, University of Chicago, June 26, 2012
  • “Privatization in post-Soviet countries: analyzing and classifying new owners – the case of electricity assets” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2011 Annual Meeting, Seattle, September 4, 2011
  • “Post-Soviet Developmentalism and the Political Economy of Russia’s Electricity Sector Liberalization” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2010 Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., September 4, 2010 (presented on my behalf by chair of section)
  • “The political challenge of infrastructure provision: The case of Russia’s electricity sector” Mid-West Political Science Association (MPSA) 2010 Annual Conference, Chicago, April 24, 2010
  • “Managers, Energetiki and Power Politics: Conflicting Expert Discourses during the Privatization of the Russian Electricity Sector” American Association of the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) 2009
  • Annual Convention, Boston, November 12, 2009. An earlier version of this paper was also presented at the Soyuz Post-Socialist Cultural Studies Conference, UC Berkeley, April 25, 2008
  • “Regional Development in a Centralized System? Electricity sector reforms in the Russian Far East” presented at the conference Prospects for Economic Development in the Russian Far East, Far Eastern State University (DVGU), Vladivostok, October 17, 2007
  • “Centralize to Liberalize? Electricity Sector Liberalization in post-Soviet Russia" presented at the American Political Science Association (APSA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, August 30, 2007
  • “Power Politics: Creating and Governing Electricity Markets in post-Soviet Economies” presented at the Political Science Graduate Student Association Conference, UC Berkeley, April 20, 2006
  • “The Politics of Welfare Reform in Russia” presented at Bridging Disciplines, Spanning the World: Approaches to Identities, Institutions and Inequalities, Princeton University, April 8, 2005
  • “Understanding the institutional environment of corruption in the post-Soviet transition” presented at Power and Power- Relations in East-Central Europe, UC Berkeley, November 2002

Awards and Honors

  • Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, Research funding for project with Gary Herrigel, University of Chicago, 2017-2019. 
  • Honorable Mention, 2016 Ed.A.Hewett Book Prize Competition, awarded by ASEEES.  
  • Swiss National Science Foundation, Advanced Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013/2014
  • Swiss National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Grant, for attendance at the 2010 SSRC Research andPolicy Forum, Washington D.C., April 2010
  • Simpson Memorial Fellowship, Institute for International Studies, UC Berkeley, 2009-2010
  • Janggen-Poehn Foundation (St.Gallen, Switzerland), award for promising young academics, 2008-09
  • UC Berkeley Travers Department of Political Science, Finishing Year Fellowship, 2008-09
  • IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunity, fieldwork in the Russian Far East and Siberia,
  • September – December 2007
  • University of California, Dean’s Normative Time Award, 2007-2008
  • William Davidson Institute/Department of State, Title VIII Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union, fieldwork in Moscow, August – December 2006
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (summer FLAS), US Department of Education, Russian language training at Moscow State Linguistics University, June – July 2006
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC), Eurasia Program Dissertation Development Workshop,
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, March 2006
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (academic year FLAS), US Department of Education, Hungarian language training at UC Berkeley, 2005-06
  • Berkeley Program in Soviet and post-Soviet Studies, Summer Research Fellowship, preliminary dissertation research in Russia, Summer 2005
  • Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (academic year FLAS), US Department of Education, Russian language training at UC Berkeley, 2004-05
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (summer FLAS), US Department of Education, Russian language training at Moscow State University, 2004
  • Berkeley Program in Soviet and post-Soviet Studies Fellowship, Academic Year 2003-04
  • Harriman Institute (Columbia University) Junior Fellowship, for commitment to Russian and post-Soviet Studies, Academic Year 2001-02 and Harriman Institute/PepsiCo Foundation Fellowship (Columbia University), for field research, MIA dissertation research, Summer 2002
  • European Union Leonardo Grant, support as a research assistant at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Summer 2001
  • London School of Economics Graduate Studies Award for Academic Merit, 2000 (declined)

Work/Consulting Experience

  • Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Bern, Switzerland Junior Consultant for Development and Transition Section, Spring 2003.
  • Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investment, Zürich, Switzerland Consultant for a World Bank project on economic diversification in Azerbaijan, 2002-03
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris, France Research Assistant at the Development Assistance Council, Summer 2001
  • McKinsey & Co., Vienna, Austria and Cologne, Germany Summer Associate at Finance and Insurance Group, Summer 1999
  • United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Internship at the Economic Commission for Europe, UNECE, 1998


  • German native fluency
  • English fluent
  • Russian fluent speaking and reading
  • French proficient