Andrei Semenov

Senior Researcher, Candidate of Political Science, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Perm State University

Contact: andreysemenov [at]

Research Interest

Comparative politics, new institutionalism, political institutions, political participation, social movements, contentious politics, public sphere


2010 Candidate of Science in Politics, Perm State University. Thesis: 'Institutionalisation of the Public Sphere: the Case of Tyumen Region'

2006 Specialist diploma in Political Sciences (with excellence), Tyumen State University, Department of Political Science

2001 Graduation (with excellence): Academic Gymnasium, Tyumen State University

Work Experience

August 2018 - July 2021 Associate Research Scholar, MacMillan Center; Lecturer, Departement of POlitical Scienec,  Yale University

September 2018 Senior Researcher, Sociological Institute – Russian Academy of Sciences

September 2014 Senior Researcher, Center for Comparative History and Politics; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Perm State National Research University

2016-2018 Director, Center for Comparative History and Politics

2012-2013 Department of History and International Relations, Tyumen State University, Head of Department

2010-2012 Department of History and International Relations, Tyumen State University, Lecturer

Peer-Review Journals (selected)

The roots of the grass: patterns of grassroots urban mobilization in Russia. Sociological Studies. 2019. No12: 29-37 (in Russ.)

The world of ethnic regional autonomies: introducing the new dataset. Nationalism & Ethnic Politics. 2018. Vol 24(4) (with Petr Panov).

A top-down movement with grass-roots effects? Alexei Navalny’s electoral campaign. Social Movements Studies. 2018. Vol.17(5): 618-625 (with Jan Matti Dohlbaum and Elena Sirotkina).

Against the stream: political opposition in Russian regions during 2012-2016 electoral cycle. Democratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. 2017. Vol. 25(4): 481-502.

From economic crisis to political? Dynamics of contention in Russian Regions (2008-2012). Austrian Journal of Political Science. 2017. Vol.45(4): 33-43.

When do Political Parties Join Protests? A Comparative Analysis of Party Involvement in “For Fair Elections” Movement. East European Politics. 2016. Vol. 32(1): 81-104 (with Margarita Zavadskaya and Olesya Lobanova).

Edited Volumes (selected)

2021, Smyth, R., Morris, J. and A.Semenov (eds.) Varieties of Activism in Russia. Indiana University Press.

2016, Mass Mobilisation in Russian Regions, in Mass Politics: Institutional Foundations / ed. by Sergei Patrushev, Moscow: Russian Political Encyclopedia (in Rus).

2015, From Non-Participation to Action: Civil Political Activity in Tyumen Oblast (December 2011 - September 2012), in State and Civil Society in Russian Federation: National and Regional Dimensions / ed. by Cameron Ross. Ashgate.

Research projects

2018-2021 Mechanisms of Interest Coordination in Urban Development (funded by Russian Scientific Foundation)

2018-2020 Economic Hardships and Political Accountability in Electoral Autocracies (funded by Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research)

2014-2020 Contentious Politics in Russian Regions (funded by European University at Saint-Petersburg and Russian Foundation for Fundamental Research)

2016-2020 Shifting paradigms: towards participatory and effective urban planning in Germany, Russia and Ukraine (funded by Volkswagen Foundation)

2016-2018 Politics in Hard Times (funded by Russian Scientific Foundation for Humanities)

2014-2017 Securing a Balance in Interethnic Relations: Regional Autonomies, State Integrity, and the Rights of Ethnic Minorities (funded by Russian Scientific Foundation)

2014-2016 Electoral Integrity Project, Russian team (funded by Harvard University)

Invited presentations

“Challenges from Below: Dynamics of Contention in Putin’s Russia”, MacMillan Center, Yale University, New Haven (April 3, 2019)

“Challenges from Below: Dynamics of Contention in Putin’s Russia”, Russian Studies Workshop, Indiana University, Bloomington (April 1, 2019)

“Russia, Europe: Perceptions and Misperceptions”, In the Labyrinth of National Identity: Russia and Europe Summer School, Central European University, Budapest (July 11– July 20, 2016)

“Land Conflicts in Russia: Evidence From the CPR Dataset”, SO-colloquium Land-use conflicts in Russia and Germany, Leibniz-Zentrum für Agrarlandschaftsforschung (ZALF), Müncheberg (October 5, 2015)

“Electoral Politics in Western Siberia”, Siberian Western: Images, Symbols, Stereotypes of Western Siberia DAAD GoEast Summer School, Tyumen State University (August 23 – September 6, 2015)

“Local Politics and Elections in Western Siberia”, Siberian Western: Life, History and Culture DAAD GoEast Summer School, Tyumen State University (September 14.27, 2014)

Professional Associations

Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2018 - now)

Awards and Scholarships 

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021, Center for Strategic and Interntiaonl Studies, Virtual Visiting Fellow

Fall 2019, Finland Academy of Science scholarship, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki

Fall 2017, Hans Koschnick Scholarship, Research Center for East European Studies, University of Bremen, Germany

Fall 2015, Sverker Astrom Foundation Scholarship,Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

Spring 2015, Guest Researcher, EP7 Horizon 2020, Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary