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Stephen F. Jones
12 Kettle Hill Road Amherst, MA 01002

(413) 538-2428 (work)
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  • Ph.D., 1984 London School of Economics and Political Science: Georgian Social Democracy in Opposition and Power; 1918-1921
  • 1982-84 Senior Associate Member, St Antony's College, Oxford
  • 1977-78 Joint Ph.D. student, L.S.E. and School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    M.Sc. (Econ.), 1976 London School of Economics and Political Science: Soviet Politics
  • B.A. (Honors), 1974 University of Essex. Comparative Government


  • 2002 Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Mount Holyoke College (MHC), South Hadley, MA
  • 1994 (and continuing) Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, MHC
  • 1992-1994 Class of 1929 Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies, MHC
  • 1989 Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, MHC
  • 1988-89 Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics, University College, Oxford University
  • 1986-88 Research Fellow, School of Slavonic and East European Studies
  • 1986 Lecturer on Socialist Economic Systems, Polytechnic of North London, U.K
  • 1985-86 Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, California

Courses Taught:

  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Government
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Foreign Policy
  • Socialist Economic Systems
  • Comparative Communism
  • Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire
  • Central European Politics
  • Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • Nationalism: East and West
  • Russian History
  • Russian Politics and Literature
  • Georgian Politics and History
  • The Peoples and Cultures of Eurasia
  • Revolutions


  • "Chkheidze, Nikolai" "Gamsakhurdia, Zviad" "Transcaucasian Federations," Entries for Encyclopedia of Russian History, Macmillan, 2003, Vol. ??, pp. ??
  • "The Role of Cultural Paradigms in Georgian Foreign Policy," The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics Vol. 19, No. 3, 2003, pp.83-110. See also Rick Fawn (ed.) Ideology and National Identity in Post-Communist Foreign Policies, London, Frank Cass, London, 2004, pp.83-110
  • "Georgia: from Under the Rubble," Lowell Barrington (ed.) Nationalism after Independence: the Post-Soviet States, University of Michigan Press, 2002, pp.??
  • "Georgian Nationalism: A Reassessment," Analysis of Current Events, Vol. 12, Nos. 5-6, September 2000, pp.3-5
  • "Georgia's Presidential Election," Newsnet (Newsletter of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies), Vol. 40, No 4, September 2000, pp.11-13
  • Entries on Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, for The Americana Annual 2000, Grolier Incorporated, New York, 2000, pp.130, 145, 266
  • "Democracy from Below: Interest Groups in Georgian Society," Slavic Review, Vol. 59, No.1, Spring, 2000, pp.42-73.
  • "Georgia: A Difficult Year," Peter Rutland (ed) Annual Survey of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: Holding The Course, ME Sharpe, Armonk, NY, 1998, pp. 353-60
  • Library Assessment and National Library Conference in the Republic of Georgia Co-Author with Sandra Ward, Nancy Birkrem and Susan Perry, IREX, Washington DC., 1997 (also at Website
  • "Georgia" in Deborah A. Kaple (ed.), World Encyclopedia of Political Parties and Systems (3rd ed.), Facts on File Publications, New York and Oxford, UK, 1999
  • "The Georgian-Abkhazian Dispute: a Hot Summer," Analysis of Current Events, June 1997, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp.9-11
  • "Georgia: the trauma of statehood," Ian Bremmer and Ray Taras (eds.) New States, New Politics: Building the Post-Soviet Nations, CUP Cambridge (UK), 1997 (Updated and revised version of "Georgia: a Failed Democratic Transition," Bremmer and Taras (eds.), Nation and Politics in the Soviet Successor States, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 1993, pp. 288-310)
  • "Georgians" Encyclopedia of American Immigrant Cultures, David Levinson and Melvin Ember (eds.), New York, Simon & Schuster, pp. 310-315
  • Prospect for the Return of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees to Abkhazia; a UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) Review of the Situation in Georgia. Co-authored with Joel Boutroue, Geneva, May 1997.
  • "Progress Amid Privation," Peter Rutland (ed) Annual Survey of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union: The Challenge of Integration, ME Sharpe, Armonk, NY, 1998, pp. 333-344
  • Counter Report on the Initial Report of the Republic of Georgia on Measures Giving Effect to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Written for The Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, and incorporated into Consideration of Reports Submitted By States Parties Under Article 40 of the Covenant Human Rights Committee (UN), Fifty Ninth Session, CCPR/C/79/Add.74., 1997
  • Internal Report: "The Political Economy of Reform: Interest Groups in Georgian Society" The World Bank, Washington D.C.,1996
  • "Georgian-Armenian Relations in 1918-20 and 1992-94: A Comparison," Ronald Suny (ed.) Transcaucasia, Nationalism and Social Change: Essays in the History of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Rev. ed. Univ. of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1996, pp.441-460
  • "Georgia's Return From Chaos," Current History, October 1996, pp.340-345.
  • "The Common Problems of Georgia's Independence Today and in the Past," (in Georgian), Roin Metreveli (ed.) Georgian Diplomacy Annual, Vol. II, Tbilisi Univ. Press, Tbilisi, 1995, pp.53-58
  • "Georgia and the Georgians," Graham Smith (ed.) The Nationalities Question in the Post-Soviet States Longman, Harlow, U.K., 1996, pp. 291-313. Joint authorship with Robert Parsons
  • "Adventurers or Commanders: Civil-Military Relations in Georgia," in Constantin Danopoulus and David Zirker (eds.), Civil-Military Relations in the Soviet and Yugoslav Successor States Westview Press, Boulder, 1996, pp.35-52
  • "The Ossetians: Mesxetians; Adzhars." Encyclopedia of National Groups in Eurasia, Center for Canadian Soviet Studies and Garland Publishing, (in press, due 1996)
  • "The Georgian Language State Program and Its Implications," Nationalities Papers, Vol. 23, No. 3, September 1995, pp. 535-548
  • "Georgia: the Caucasian Context," Caspian Crossroads, No. 2, Spring 1995, pp. 11-13
  • "Old Ghosts and New Chains: Ethnicity and Memory in the Georgian Republic," Rubie Watson (ed.), Memory, History and Opposition Under State Socialism, School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, 1994, pp. 149-165
  • "Populism in Georgia: the Gamsaxurdia Phenomenon," Nationalism and History: the Politics of Nation Building in Post-Soviet Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, Donald Schwarz and Razmik Panossiam (eds.), University of Toronto Center for Russian and East European Studies, University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1994, pp. 127-149
  • "The Mingrelians," Encyclopedia of World Cultures, Vol VI, Russia and Eurasia/China. Part One: Cultures of Russia and Eurasia, G.K. Hall and Co., Boston, 1994, pp. 262-265
  • "The Georgian SSR," Archie Brown and Michael Kaser (eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Russia and the Former Soviet Union, (2nd. ed.) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 1994, pp. 37-39
  • "Georgia's Power Structures," Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe Research Report, Volume 2, No 39, October 1, 1993, pp. 5-9.
  • "The Unbearable Freedom: Georgia on the Precipice," Armenian International Magazine, Vol. 4, No. 8, October 1993, pp. 16-21; French translation in Problemes Politiques et Sociaux ??
  • "The Meskhhetians: Muslim Georgian or Meskhetian Turks? A Community Without a Homeland," Refuge, Vol. 13, No. 2, May 1993, pp. 14-16.
  • "Georgia," Collier's Encyclopedia, New York, 1993, pp. 710-719. Revised 1994, Revised 1996; "Georgia," annual synopsis in Collier's 1993 International Yearbook, New York, 1992, pp. 254-255, Revised and updated in Collier's 1994, 1995 and 1996 International Yearbooks
  • "Georgia, Republic of," Encyclopedia Americana, Grolier Inc., Vol. 12, 1993, pp. 532-537.
  • "Georgia: a Failed Democratic Transition," Ian Bremmer and Ray Taras (eds.), Nation and Politics in the Soviet Successor States, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (UK), 1993, pp. 288-310
  • "The Non-Russian Nationalities," Robert Service (ed.), Society and Politics in the Russian Revolution, St. Martin's Press, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, 1992, pp. 35-63
  • "Indigenes and Settlers," Cultural Survival Quarterly, Vol. 16, No. 1, 1992, pp. 30-32
  • "Revolutions in Revolutions Within Revolution: Minorities in the Georgian Republic," Zvi Gitelman (ed.), The Politics of Nationality and the Erosion of the USSR, Macmillan/St. Martin's Press, London, 1992, pp. 77-101
  • "Georgia: the Long Battle for Independence," M. Rezun (ed.), Nationalism and the Breakup of an Empire: Russia and its Periphery, Praeger Press, Westport, 1992, pp. 73-96
  • "Teaching the Rise and Fall of the Soviet Empire," PAWSS Perspectives on Teaching Peace and World Security Studies, Vol. II, No. 2, November 1991, pp. 15-17
  • "Georgian Social Democracy in 1917," Jonathan Frankel, Edith Rogovin Frankel and Baruch Knei-Paz (eds.), Revolution in Russia: Reassessments of 1917, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, 1991, pp. 247-273
  • "Zarya Vostoka," George N. Rhyne (ed.) Modern Encyclopedia of Russian and Soviet History, Academic International Press, Vol 55 (in press).
  • "Glasnost, Perestroika and the Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic," in Ron Suny (guest ed.), Armenian Review, Summer/Autumn 1990, Vol 43, No. 2-3, pp. 127-152
  • "Sakartvelos social-demokratia 1917 c'lis," Mnatobi (Tbilisi, Georgia), No 5, May 1991, pp. 140-150
    (This is a translation of "Georgian Social Democracy in 1917," op.cit.)
  • "Soviet Religious Policy and the Georgian Church: from Khrushchev to Gorbachev," Religion in Communist Lands, Winter, 1989-90, pp. 292-312.
  • "Religion and Nationalism in Soviet Georgia and Armenia," in Pedro Ramet (ed.), Religion and Nationalism in the USSR and Eastern Europe, (2nd rev. and expanded ed.), Durham 1989, pp. 171-195
  • "Marxism and Peasant Revolution in the Russian Empire: the Case of the Gurian Republic," The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 67, No. 3, July 1989, pp. 403-434
  • "The Caucasian Mountain Railway Project: a Victory for Glasnost?" Central Asian Survey, Vol. 8, No. 2, 1989, pp. 47-59
  • "Transcaucasia Before 1917," "Transcaucasia: Revolution and Civil War," "Khoiski, Fath Ali Khan," "Rasul Zadeh, Mehmid Emin," "Tsereteli, Irakli," "Vratsian, Simon," "Zhordania Noi," in Harry Shukman (ed.), Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution, Blackwells, Oxford, 1988, pp. 232-239
  • "The Georgian Orthodox Church," in Pedro Ramet (ed.), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twentieth Century, Duke University Press, Durham, 1988, pp. 286-308 (under pseudonym C.J. Peters)
  • "The Establishment of Soviet Power in Transcaucasia: the Case of Georgia 1921-1928," Soviet Studies, Vol. XL, No. 4, October 1988, pp. 618-639
  • "National Conflict at the Eighth All-Union Writers' Congress," Nationalities Papers, Vol. XV, No. 1, Spring 1987, pp. 7-21
  • "Russian Imperial Administration and the Georgian Nobility: the Georgian Conspiracy of 1832," The Slavonic and East European Review, Vol. 65, No. 1, 1987, pp. 53-76
  • The Ukranians and the Georgians, Minority Group Report, No. 50, London, 1981. Joint authorship with B. Nahaylo (under pseudonym C.J. Peters), pp. 1-20
  • "The Beginnings of Georgian Social Democracy," Sbornik, (Journal of the Study Group on the Russian Revolution ), Leeds, (UK), Nos. 6-7, 1981, pp. 22-45


  • Georgian Social Democracy: In Opposition and Power. Manuscript for Vol. 1 complete
  • A History of Twentieth-Century Caucasia, in preparation. Contract exchanged with Longman, UK

BOOK REVIEWS in the following journals:

  • Armenian Review
  • Canadian Slavonic Studies
  • Canadian-American Slavic Studies
  • Central Asian Survey
  • Europe-Asia Studies (formerly Soviet Studies)
  • History of Ideas
  • International Affairs
  • Journal of Communist Studies
  • Political Studies
  • Russian Review
  • Slavic Review
  • Slavonic and East European Review
  • Slavonica
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Review


  • Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Hearing on the Republic of Georgia, Washington D.C., September 24th, 2002

  • "Georgia Today: A New Crossroads Between East and West," Policy Forum, US Dept. of State, Washington DC, July 24th, 2002

  • "Georgia in 2002" Panel participant, "The New Caucasian States: 10 Years After" at Institute of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of California at Berkeley, April 15th, 2002

  • Five Presentations on Problems of Democratic Development in Georgia, presented (in Georgian) at the Georgian National Public Library, Institute of Politolology (Georgian Academy of Sciences), European School of Management, Grigol Robakidze University, and American Councils for International Education (ACTR-ACCELS), Republic of Georgia, August-December 2001

  • "Georgia and the Economy," Workshop: Economic Stability and Independence in Critical transition States, Office of External Research, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, US Dept. of State, Meridian International Center, May 21, 2001

  • "Georgia. The First Republic: 1918-1921," School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, March 12th, 2001

  • Consultant and Participant in "Georgian Policy Planning Exercise," Office of Special Programs, Foreign Service Institute, US Dept. of State, February 7th, 2001

  • "Political and Economic Challenges for Georgia," Roundtable Discussion, US Dept. of State, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, December 7th, 2000

  • "Minority, Ethnic Group and Nation in the Caucasus," Constructing Minorities, Defining Communities, Conference presentation, Connecticut College, April 29th, 2000

  • Discussant on panel "Ethnic Minorities in Georgia," Association for the Study of Nationalities Fifth Annual World Convention, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, 13-15 April, 2000

  • "Civil Society in the Caucasus," Central Asia and the South Caucasus: Re-Orientations, Internal Transitions and Strategic Dynamics, National Intelligence Council and Science Applications International Corporation, Airlie House, Virginia, April 5-7th, 2000

  • "Georgia: a New Nationalism in the Making," US State Department, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, VA, March 28th, 2000

  • "Eastward and Upward: Romancing the Caucasus," Gallery Talk at Mount Holyoke College Art Museum to address photographic exhibition Summit: Vittorio Sella, Mountaineer and Photographer, March 2nd, 2000

  • "The New Elites in Georgia," Conference on Emerging Elites in the South Caucasus, Meridian International Center, Washington D.C., September 17th, 1999

  • "Nationalism after Independence in Georgia," Nationalism after Independence in the Transcaucasus and Russia, panel at APSA (American Political Science Association), Atlanta, September 2-5th, 1999

  • "The Economic Implications of Secession: the Georgian-Abkhaz Case," Political Economics of Secession; World Policy Institute, 4-5 June, 1999, Ciragan Place, Istanbul

  • "Georgia: Miracle or Misery," Central Intelligence Agency, Reston Center, Virginia, April 9th, 1999

  • Organized and chaired panel Constitutional Politics in the Caucasian States for Association for the Study of Nationalities, Fourth Annual World Convention, April 15-17, 1999, Columbia University

  • "Georgia: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward; Two Steps Back, One Step Forward," National Foreign Affairs Training Center, March 16, 1999

  • "The Georgian-Abkhaz Conflict: Economic solutions?" Political Economics of Secession, World Policy Institute, Barcelona, January 14-15th, 1999

  • Organized panel Post-Soviet Constitutions: a Review, and delivered paper "The Georgian Constitution" for the panel. Sponsored by Yale Center for International and Area Studies. Mount Holyoke College, December 12, 1998

  • "Georgia 1918-21: the First Democratically Elected Republic," International Conference on the 80th Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of the Georgian Republic, UNESCO, Paris, November 23rd, 1998

  • Panel participant in The Caspian Region: the Quest for Influence, Strategic Assessments Group, Directorate of Intelligence, Rosslyn, Virginia, November 12-13th, 1998

  • "Georgia's Strategic Culture," Paper presented at workshop Caspian Region: History and Culture as Tools for Developing Future Scenarios, Strategic Assessments Group, CIA. Crystal City, September 14th, Washington DC, 1998

  • "Georgia: the State of Economic and Political Reform," Caspian Forum: Eurasia Group of the World Policy Institute, Four Seasons Hotel, Houston, Texas, July 28th, 1998

  • "State and Democracy Building in the First and Second Georgian Republics" Chair of three panels at Noe Jordania International Conference on Georgia and the Caucasus, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 26-28th, 1998

  • "Interest Groups in Georgian Society," Peaceful Caucasus, University of Tbilisi, Georgia, May 22-24th, 1998

  • "The First Georgian Republic" The 80th Anniversary of the Georgian Declaration of Independence, Kellogg Center, Columbia University, May 19th, 1998

  • "The Development of Civic Society in Georgia," US Department of State, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Arlington, VA, May 12th, 1998

  • "The Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict: the Georgian Viewpoint," Senior Seminar in Peacemaking and Preventative Diplomacy, United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Mont Pelerin, April 17th-20th, 1998

  • The Role of Libraries in Democracy Development in Georgia," Georgia-United States of America II Library Conference, National Parliamentary Library, Tbilisi, 17-19 September 1997

  • Discussant: Identity and Conflict in Siberia, Central Asia and the Caucasus: Anthropological Perspectives, panel at the New England Slavic Association, 1997 Annual Meeting, Wellesley College, April 1997

  • "Russia in Crisis: Yeltsin and the Future of Democratization," Member of Five College Faculty Panel, Amherst, October 17th, 1996

  • "Georgians: Europeans and Asians, Christians and Muslims?" The Past as Prelude: The Cultural, Social and Political Roots of Identity in the Caucasus, UC Berkeley, May 17, 1996

  • "Georgia and Georgians: Past and Present," Central Intelligence Agency, McLean, Virginia, April 5th, 1996

  • "Failing Nations: What US Response?" World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, Longmeadow, April 3rd, 1996

  • "Georgia and the North Caucasus," Smithsonian/Middle East Institute, Washington D.C., October 20-21, 1995

  • "Current Political Situation in Georgia," Seminar on Georgia for Ambassador-Designate William Courtney, National Foreign Affiars Training Center, Arlington, September 5th, 1995

  • "Libraries and Democracy," National Library Conference, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, July 8-11, 1995

  • "Georgia," CIA conference: Nation Building in the Caucasus, Aspen Institute, Maryland, June 8-9th, 1995

  • "Shevardnadze and the Reconstruction of Georgia," University of Massachusetts, May 13th, 1995 (Organized by Yale University Council on Russian and East European Studies)

  • "The Caucasian Region," International Conference: In Search of New Regions, Harriman Institute/Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 28, 1995

  • Panel Participant on Georgian film at workshop: The Empire Looks Back; a Workshop on Ethnicity and Identity in Recent Film from the Former Soviet Union, Yale University, April 21-23, 1995

  • "Georgia Adrift," Central Intelligence Agency. Seminar series: Realities of Russia and the New States, Arlington Center Building, 11 April, 1995

  • "Statement on Human Rights in Georgia," Helsinki Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe; Hearing on the Republic of Georgia, Washington D.C., March 28th, 1995

  • "Impact of the Chehchen Conflict on the Transcaucasus," Conference: Regional Implications of the Chehchen Conflict, U.S. Dept. of State, Meridian International Center, Washington, D.C. February 24th, 1995

  • "Historical Roots of Ethnoconflicts in Georgia," Phenomenon of Ethnonationalism, Seminar Series, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University, January 23rd, 1995

  • "Georgian Politics Since 1985," Foreign Service Institute, US Department of State, 12th December, 1994

  • "Georgia 1918-1921 and 1991-1994: the Problems of Independence," Third International Kartvelologists Symposium, University of Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, 23-25 May, 1994

  • "The Caucasus at the Crossroads," panelist on Roundtable, Middle East Studies Association, 27th Annual Meeting, Sheraton Hotel, Research Triangle Park, 13 November, 1993

  • "Conflict in the Republic of Georgia: Religion and Ethnic Identity in Transcaucasia," Emory University, Atlanta, 28 October, 1993

  • "The Crisis in the Caucasus," Panel participant, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 14 October, 1993

  • "Georgia in Crisis," Seminar Series on the Newly Independent States, Department of State (Intelligence Research/Functional Information Research), Washington, D.C., 23 August, 1993

  • "Georgian Relations with Armenia: What is the Problem?" Seminar, (in Georgian): Foreign Ministry of the Georgian Republic, 25 June, 1993

  • "The Enigma of Armenian-Georgian Relations," Conference: The Republic of Armenia, 1918-1920: a Seventy-Five Year Perspective, UCLA, 28-29th, May, 1993

  • "Crisis in the Former Yugoslavia: US Policy Options," Panel Discussion for Western Massachusetts World Affairs Council, Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, MA, 11 March, 1993

  • "The Roots of Ethnic Conflict in Caucasia," for Symposium, Crisis in the Caucasus: the History and Politics of Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, University of Stetson, Florida, 1 March, 1993

  • "The Former Soviet Union through the Prism of the West," A Five College Panel (Peace and World Security Studies) Russia in Turmoil, Amherst College, 23 February, 1993

  • "The Failure of Democracy and the Rise of Nationalism in the former Soviet Union," Franklin and Marshall College, 9 February, 1993

  • "Ethnic Issues in Georgia," (On the panel Politics in Georgia; "Language Politics in Georgia") On the panel Implementation and Impact of Recent Language Laws in the Former Soviet Union; AAASS 24th National Convention, Phoenix, Arizona, 19-22 November, 1992

  • "Islam's Political Role in Georgia," Conference: Islam and Democratization in Post-Soviet Central Asia, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 26-27 September, 1992

  • "Caucasian Politics Today: An Interpretation," Summer Studies Program of the Armenian Relief Society of North America, Amherst College, 7 August, 1992

  • "The View from Tbilisi," Conference: Peace and Conflict in Emergent States: the Transcaucasus, United States Institute of Peace and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., 23-24 June, 1992

  • "Caucasia: Partners at War" Eighth Summer Faculty Institute on U.S. - C.I.S. Relations and World Security Affairs, Peace and World Security Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, 9 June, 1992

  • "Georgian Politics in the 1990's," United States Department of State (briefing), Washington, D.C., 8 May, 1992

  • "Whither Georgia?" Central Intelligence Agency. Seminar series: Realities of Russia and the New States, Arlington Center Building, 17 April, 1992

  • "The Politics of Minorities in the Georgian Republic," Conference New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Providence, 4 April, 1992

  • "Socialism, Nationalism and the Georgian Democratic Republic: 1918-1921," Conference: American Historical Association, 106th Annual Meeting, Chicago, 27-30 December, 1991. (I organized the panel "Caucasian National Movements in the Russian Empire," where I gave this paper.)

  • "The Georgianization of Georgia: New nation-building, Memory and Minorities," Conference: The Disunion of the Soviet Union, Centre for Russian and East European Studies, Toronto, 16 November, 1991

  • "Georgia: the Current Crisis," "The Politics of Georgian Minorities," Presentations at the University of Michigan Ethnopolitics Seminar Series, 6-7 November, 1991

  • "The USSR: Decay or Regeneration?" Hildegarde Durfee Lecture Series, Windham World Affairs Council, Brattleboro, 30 October, 1991

  • "The History of Politics and the Politics of History in Georgia," Paper presented at the School of American Research, Advanced Seminar Series: Secret Histories and the Politics of Memory Under Socialism, Santa Fe, 20-24 October, 1991

  • "The Soviet Union: Is there a Future?" World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, Springfield Marriott, 10 October, 1991

  • "Soviet Studies after the Coup," Western Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies, Hampshire College, 3 October, 1991

  • "The Caucasian Nations Before 1917," and "Caucasia under Soviet Rule," Summer Studies Program of the Armenian Relief Society of North America, Amherst College, 16 June 1991

  • "Apocalypse Now? Georgia in the 1980s" Fifth Conference on the Cultures or Caucasia, University of Chicago, 25 May, 1991

  • "Glasnost in Georgia: Old Myths and New Chains," 113th Annual Spring Meeting of the American Ethnological Society: Nations and Peoples: Aspects and Implications of Identity, Charleston, South Carolina, 14-16 March, 1991

  • "The New Nationalism in Georgia," Conference The Soviet Caucasus - Prospects for its Republics: Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, Armenian Professional Society and Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, 23 February, 1991

  • "Georgia Today," Paper for panel: Crisis in the Soviet Union: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, UCLA Armenian Students' Association, 25 February, 1991

  • "Georgian Nationalism Under Glasnost," Conference: Nations and Nationalism in the USSR, University of New Brunswick, Canada, October 12-14, 1990

  • "Soviet Nationalities Today," Sixth Annual Summer Faculty Institute on the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, and U.S.-Soviet Relations, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 11-15 June, 1990

  • "Changing Soviet Attitudes toward China," Paper for panel: China Before and After Tiananmen Square, Mount Holyoke College, 19 April, 1990

  • "The USSR and Eastern Europe under Gorbachev," World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, 26 April, 1990

  • "The Georgian Democratic Republic: the First Eurocommunist State?" Conference: Russia and the USSR in the Twentieth Century, Institute of History, USSR Academy of Sciences, Moscow, 3-6 April, 1990

  • "Non-communist Eastern Europe: Prospects for Stability," World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts, Springfield, MA, 8 February, 1990

  • "Georgian Church-State Relations Today," "Current Views in Georgian Historiography," "A History of the Georgian-Abkhazian Conflict," Conference: Soviet Georgia in 1989, George Mason University, 13-14 December, 1989

  • "The Historiography of Soviet Georgia," Conference: Historiography and Nationalism in the USSR Waterloo-Laurier Centre for Soviet Studies, University of Waterloo, Canada, 4-6 October, 1989

  • "Georgian Nationalism in the 1980's," Georgian Studies Day, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, 5 May, 1989

  • "The Soviet Nationality Question Under Gorbachev," St. Antony's College, Oxford, 11 April, 1989

  • "The Gurian Republic of 1905," Georgian Studies Day, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, 10 June, 1988

  • "Perestroika and the Soviet Nationalities," Seminar Series: The USSR Under Gorbachev, The School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London, 16 May, 1988

  • "Georgian Nationalism in the 1980's," Annual Conference of the National Association for Soviet and East European Studies, Cambridge, UK, 12-14 March, 1988

  • "Georgian Social Democracy in 1917," Conference: The Russian Revolutions of 1917, The Marjorie Mayrock Center for Soviet and East European Research, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 5-7 January, 1988

  • "Nationalism and Religion in Georgia and Armenia," Annual Conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Soviet Studies, Boston, MA, 11-13 November, 1987

  • "Ilya Chavchavadze and his views of England," Conference: Ilya Chavchavadze: His Life and Works, University of Tbilisi, USSR, 17-21 October, 1987

  • "National Identity, Medieval and Modern: the Georgian Case," Workshop on National Identity, University of London, 10 July, 1987

  • "The Georgian Democratic Republic," London School of Economics, 15 February, 1983

  • "The Beginnings of Georgian Social Democracy," Study Group on the Russian Revolution, Cambridge, MA, 6-7 January, 1981



  • "Etnicheskii natsionalizm v Evrope," Svobodaia Gruziia, 16 July, 1993. p. 2
  • "Socialist who thought the party could justify any means," (On the 50th anniversary of Trotsky's death), The London Times, 18 August, 1990
  • "Le pays de la toison d'or: Une grande capacite de survie," Le Monde Diplomatique, No. 423, 12 April 1989
  • "Moscow's restless tribes," The London Times, 12 April, 1989
  • "Galaktion Tabidze" in Letters from Georgia, Tbilisi, No 1, 1994, p.25

Radio and TV:

Broadcasts for: National Public Radio Sunday Weekend Edition, KPSA Radio (Berkeley), Channel 40 WGGB (ABC Springfield, MA), Voice of America (Russia, Georgian and English Services), BBC Radio 4, (Today, World at One), BBC World Service (The World Today, Focus, Newshour, Topic of the Week, Twenty Four Hours), Channel 4 News (ITN, UK), BBC TV (Breakfast Time), Channel 1 (Republic of Georgia), Radio Tbilisi (Republic of Georgia), Rustavi 2 (Independent TV, Republic of Georgia)


  • United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
  • World Bank
  • National Geographic Magazine
  • New York Times
  • McNeil-Lehrer
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • United States State Department


  • Panel review member for N.I.S. University Partnerships Program, United States Information Agency/Academy for Educational Development. Selection Committee member for International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), review of 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997 scholarship candidates from the former USSR. Selection Committee member for American Councils for International Education, 1999. Referee for National Endowment of Humanities, Ohio University Research Committee, Annual of the Society for the Study of Caucasia, Slavic Review, Russian Review, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Conflict Quarterly, Caucasian Regional Studies, Nationalities Papers, The Carl Beck papers in Russian and East European Studies (University of Pittsburgh), Problems of Communism.

  • Executive Committee, Society for the Study of Caucasia, Chicago, 1994- and continuing.

  • Board member, American Friends of Georgia,
    Treasurer, Friends of the Georgian National Archive
    Chair of the Board for Horizonti Foundation (a Georgian NGO).

  • Co-President Housing Discrimination Project, Holyoke, MA.

  • Mount Holyoke College:
    International Relations Committee.
    European Studies Committee
    Critical Social Thought Committee
    Academic Computing Steering Committee (Chair 1996-7)


Organization of panel Constitutional Politics in the Caucasian States for Association for the Study of Nationalities, Fourth Annual World Convention, April 15-17, 1999, Columbia University

Organization of panel "Caucasian National Movements in the Russian Empire," at 106th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Chicago, 27-30 December, 1991.

Co-convenor, Georgian Studies Day, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, May, 1989.

Co-convenor of international conference, Pre-Modern and Modern National Identity in Russia, USSR and Eastern Europe, University of London, April, 1989.

Co-convenor: Workshop on National Identity, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London, July, 1987.


  • 2002 Smith Richardson Foundation, one year grant for book project: US Policy in Georgia and the Caucasus: Four Case Studies
  • 2001 Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton (Membership with stipend for spring semester to complete book, 2001)
  • Fellowship in Policy Research and Development, International Research and Exchanges Board, to complete project on local government in Georgia, Fall, 2001
  • Mount Holyoke College Faculty Fellowship
  • Mount Holyoke Faculty Grant
  • 1999 International Research and Exchanges Board Creation of an Electronic Guide to the Archive of Contemporary History, Tbilisi, Georgia
  • 1998 Faculty grant for curriculum development (Speaking, Writing and Arguing Program, Mount Holyoke College)
  • 1997 Mount Holyoke College Faculty Fellowship
  • 1996 International Research and Exchanges Board: The Creation of a MARC-based Guide to the Republic of Georgia's Central Historical Archive
  • 1995 International Research and Exchanges Board: Short Term Travel Grant for Professor Alexander Rondeli, Chair of International Relations' Dept., University of Tbilisi, to
    visit Mount Holyoke College: Collaboration on article "Caucasia, Time for a Foreign Policy?"
  • 1995 International Research and Exchanges Board: Library Assessment and National Library Conference in the Republic of Georgia
  • 1993-1994 International Research and Exchanges Board: Research Residency. Tbilisi, Georgia
  • Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington,D.C. Kennan Institute Research Fellowship (declined)
  • 1992 Class of 1929 Virginia Apgar Assistant Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies (Chair for Junior Faculty, Mount Holyoke College)
  • 1992-1993 Mount Holyoke College Faculty Fellowship. For research in Georgia on book, A History of Twentieth Century Caucasia, Spring, 1993
  • 1992 Pew Faculty Grant for organization of Faculty Seminar "Ethnicity and Nationalism." One purpose of the grant was to create a new course for undergraduates. Introduced Spring, 1995
  • 1991 Mount Holyoke College Faculty Grant: The Shevardnadze Era in Georgia
  • 1990 Research Fellow, Russian Research Center, Harvard University
  • Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies: Grant for curriculum development
  • 1989 Mount Holyoke College Faculty Grant for conference presentation in Moscow, April, 1990
  • 1988 Marjory Wardrop Grant (Oxford University). Archival research at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France
  • 1987-1989 Economic Social Research Council: Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • 1986 University of California, Santa Cruz Faculty Research Grant: the Shevardnadze Era in Georgia
  • 1983 British Council Scholarship; study at the University of Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, USSR
  • 1982 Elected Senior Associate Member, St. Antony's College, Oxford University, Oxford
  • 1980 University of London Central Research Fund: archival research at the Houghton Library, Harvard University
  • 1975-1979 Social Science Research Council: scholarship for graduate study, London School of Economics, London
  • British Council Scholarship (twice), Tbilisi University


English (native), Georgian (fluent), Russian (good, fluent reading), French (fluent reading).

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