Mitchell Orenstein


Senior Fellow - Eurasia Program

Research Areas:

Political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, Foreign policies of Russia and Eastern Europe, Comparative politics, International political economy

Mitchell Orenstein is a Senior Fellow at FPRI’s Eurasia Program and Professor and Chair of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Orenstein’s published work has explored the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the foreign policies of Russia and Eastern Europe. He is the author of two prize-winning books, Out of the Red: Building Capitalism and Democracy in Postcommunist Europe and Privatizing Pensions: The Transnational Campaign for Social Security Reform.  His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy, employing a problem-driven research approach based on asking policy-relevant questions and answering them through carefully designed, in-depth field research.  He is currently working on two books, From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform After Communism and Russia versus Europe and the Lands In Between.

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