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
  • Faculty Fellow Kellogg 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).

Journal articles:

  • Wengle, S. with C.Brandly and E.Olimpieva (forthcoming/ winter 2018). Russia’s Post-Soviet Ideological Terrain: Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan and Debates on Authority, Agency and Authenticity. Slavic Review (forthcoming/winter 2018)
  • Wengle, S. (2018) with Christine Evans. Symbolic State-building in Contemporary Russia. Post-Soviet Affairs, 34:6.  
  • Wengle, S. (2018). Understanding the new land rush; how capital inflows transformed Russia’s rural economy. Governance, 31:2.
  • Wengle, S. (2016). When experimentalist governance meets science-based regulations; the case of food safety regulations. Regulation & Governance, 10:3.
  • 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. (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. with Michael Rasell (2008) The monetization of l'goty: Changing patterns of welfare politics and provision in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 60:5.

Publications contributing to policy debates:

  • Wengle, S. with C.Evans (2018). Tomorrow Putin Answers Russian's Questions on Live TV. Here is what his Performance will tell us. Washington Post Monkey Cage. June 6, 2018.  
  • 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. (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).

Recent Conference Presentations and Invited Talks (since 2015)

  • “How Capital Inflows Transformed Rural Russia.” Invited Talk, George Washington University and PONARS New Voices on Russia Series, Washington DC, March 1, 2018.

  • “Plentiful Harvest: Why Some Farms in Post-Soviet Countries succeed despite institutional Challenges.” Association for the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 2017 Annual Meeting, Chicago. November 9, 2017.

  • “Plentiful Harvests; Why some Farms in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia are thriving despite institutional challenges.” 17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference “Russia’s Choices for 2030.” Helsinki, Finland, October 26, 2017.

  • “Local effects of the new land rush: How capital inflows transformed rural Russia.” Invited Talk, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley Post-Soviet Program. August 31, 2017.

  • “Sustainable Agriculture as a Relational Learning Process” (with Gary Herrigel). Presentation at workshop Rethinking German Political Economy: Lessons for Comparative Theorizing after the Social Democratic Century, sponsored by Rutgers University, at the Goethe-Institute San Francisco, August 30, 2017.

  • “Symbolic State-Building in Contemporary Russia; How the Priamaia Liniia Broadcasts Preform Statehood” (with Christine Evans). Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), 2017 Annual Conference, Chicago, April 6, 2017.

  • “Local effects of the new land rush: How capital inflows transformed rural Russia.” Invited Talk, University of Wisconsin Madison, Center for Russian East-European and Eurasian Studies. February 9, 2017.

  • “Symbolic State-Building in Contemporary Russia: the Priamaia Liniia Broadcasts in comparative perspective.” With Christine Evans. Association for the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 2016 Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. November, 2016.

  • “Mapping Post-Soviet Ideology: Societal Critiques of Russia’s State Sponsored Narrative.” With C.Brandly and E.Olimpieva; presented by C.Brandly, American Political Science Association (APSA) 2016 Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, September, 2016.

  • “Russia’s Rural Transformation: The Role of the State in Shaping post-Soviet Agriculture and Food Systems,” Association for the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), November 21, 2015.

  • “Land Rush: governance response versus institutions,” American Political Science Association (APSA) 2015 Annual Meeting, San Francisco, September 3, 2015

Awards and Honors

  • EURIAS Fellowship for Academic Year 2018/2019 at Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies (SCAS)
  • Aleksanteri Institute Fellowship, University of Helsinki, Finland (declined)
  • 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