Linda Cook's main research interests are in the comparative politics of the Russian Federation, Eastern Europe and Eurasia, and electoral-authoritarian regimes cross-regionally. Her research focuses on domestic and international politics of welfare states and their transformation; the relationship between democratization and social welfare; comparative political representation of labor and women; NGOs, and the politics of health and welfare in contemporary electoral-authoritarian regimes.
Linda J. Cook received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1985. She is currently a professor in the political science department at Brown University, an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and of the Watson Institute at Brown. She has authored "The Soviet Social Contract and Why it Failed" (Harvard, 1993), "Postcommunist Welfare States: Reform Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe," (Cornell, 2007) and numerous other publications on Russian politics, comparative welfare states, labor, gender, and representation. She is currently working on a book, "Russia's Fragmented Welfare State," and a cross-regional study on the politics of welfare in electoral-authoritarian regimes.
LINDA COOK, Ph.D., Columbia University, Political Science, 1985
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