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Vasili Rukhadze

Ph.D Student


  • Ph.D. student in Political Science, From 2008-present; Kent State University.
  • M.A. in Political Science, 2002; Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
  • B.A. in History and Political Science, 1998; Tbilisi State University. Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia

Areas of Concentration:  

  • Transnational and Comparative Politics and Policy
  • Public Policy and Administration.

Research Interests:

Politics and policies of post-Communist and post-Soviet countries; State-building processes; Democratization; Politics of collective memory formation.

Dissertation Topic:  

Comparative analysis of state-building processes in post-Soviet Georgia and Estonia.


  • IREX (International Research & Exchange Board) 2009-2010. US Embassy Policy Specialist (EPS) Fellowship (assigned in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) 2009.
  • Recipient of the Patricia Ruffin/Kittaw Memorial Award in Political Science--2002.
  • Graduate with Honors-------1998.

Professional membership:

  • American Political Science Association (APSA).
  • Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA).
  • Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS).
  • Graduate Student Senate Representative at Kent State University.


Skiing, mountain hiking, sports car racing, horseback riding, soccer, history (especially medieval ages of Europe), reading.

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Forthcoming: Diffusion of truth commission in the world.

Conference Papers:

  • "The new energy routes across Georgia: Bringing the nation back to the West." Conference on Georgia:
  • "The Rose Revolution-Four Years later". Columbia University, New York; November 30, 2007.
  • "The growth of ethnic intolerance in Russia's big cities." Annual Conference of Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), University of Washington, Seattle; October 18-21, 2007.
  • "Trans-Caucasus and Ukraine, the West's new energy corridors-Present state and future geopolitical implications." The Harriman Institute at Columbia University, New York; September 18, 2007.
Vasili Rukhadze
Department of Political Science