Susanne Wengle



  • University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science, since 2020 
  • University of Notre Dame, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science, 2015-2020
    • 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). Russian translation under contract: Венгле, С. Постсоветская энергетика: государство, разибитие и маркетизатция России. Forthcoming with Academic Studies Press.
  • Wengle, S. (2022) Black Earth, White Bread: A Technopolitical History of Russian Agriculture and Food. University of Wisconsin Press.  

Journal articles:

  • Wengle, S. (2021) Agroholdings, Technology and the Political Economy of Russian Agriculture. Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research. 13:1.
  • Wengle, S. (2020) The New Plenty; why are some post-Soviet farms thriving? Governance, 33:4.
  • Wengle, S. with C.Brandly and E.Olimpieva (2018). Russia’s Post-Soviet Ideological Terrain: Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan and Debates on Authority, Agency and Authenticity. Slavic Review. 77:4
  • 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. (2017) Plentiful Harvest? Why Some Farms in Russia, Ukraine, Belorussia and Armenia thrive despite institutional challenges. PONARS Policy Memo #490. Oct.2017. Also in Russian: “Богатые урожаи в Евразии: Почему некоторые хозяйства в России, Украине, Белоруссии и Армении преуспевают несмотря на  нституциональные проблемы
  • 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)

"Technopolitics and the Human-Nature Nexus in Contemporary Russian Agriculture." Invited workshop presentation, Yale Agrarian Studies Colloquium, Feb.26, 2021.

"Russian Agriculture and what it tells us about Governance." Keynote address for conference on “Institutions and development: a sub-national perspective,” Oct.6-8, 2020 jointly organized by the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development Higher School of Economics & Quality of Government Institute, University of Gothenburg.

“Setting the Table: Technology, politics and Russian agriculture since 1917” American Political Science Association, Annual Convention (virtual), Sept.10, 2020. 

“The Human-Nature Nexus in Russia’s Recent Agricultural Transformation” Annual Conference,  Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland, Oct. 23, 2019.

“The Human-Nature Nexus in Russia’s Recent Agricultural Transformation” Annual Conference, American Political Science Association (APSA), Washington DC. Aug.30, 2019.

“How Capital Inflows Transformed Rural Russia.” Invited lecture. Freie Universitaet, Osteuropa Institute. Berlin, Germany. May 27, 2019.

“How Capital Inflows Transformed Rural Russia.” Invited lecture. Uppsala University, Institute for Eurasian and Russian Studies (IRES), Uppsala, Sweden. March 26, 2019.

“The New Plenty; Russian Agrofood Companies as a Force of Change.” Invited workshop participation, “The Russian Corporation,” Yale University, McMillan Center, February 22, 2019.

“Setting the Table: Russia’s Rural Transformation.” Invited lecture, Swedish Collegium for Advanced Studies (SCAS), Uppsala, Sweden. January 29, 2019.

“The New Plenty: why farms thrive in post-Soviet countries” Conf. participation Association for the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Boston, December 7, 2018.

“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

  • Östersjöstiftelsen/Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2020-2023, for project "Post-Soviet Harvests" 
  • 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