Mikhail Alexseev


Office: NH 127 | Phone: (619) 594-0190 | Email: [email protected]


Mikhail Alexseev (Ph.D., University of Washington, 1996) is the Bruce E. Porteous Professor of political science at San Diego State University, where he has taught since 2000. His publications focus on threat assessment in interstate and internal wars, ethnic relations, nationalism, and immigration in Russia/Eurasia, with a special focus currently on sociopolitical effects of the military conflict over East Ukraine. His most recent book, Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: The Muslim Pilgrims’ Paradox (Cambridge 2017, co-authored with Sufian Zhemukhov), was named the best book on religion and international relations by the International Studies Association in 2019 and won the honorable mention for the David Rothschild’s Prize of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at the Columbia University (2018). He is also the author of Immigration Phobia and the Security Dilemma: Russia, Europe, and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and Without Warning: Threat Assessment, Intelligence, and Global Struggle (St. Martin’s Press, 1997) and is the editor of A Federation Imperiled: Center-Periphery Conflict in Post-Soviet Russia (St. Martin’s Press, 1999). He has been the principal investigator of a multi-year international research project on migration and ethnoreligious violence in the Russian Federation funded by the National Science Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (Title VIII, U.S. Department of State). His previous projects have been funded by Reuters, NATO, the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the U. S. Institute of Peace, the John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, and the Pacific Basin Research Center at Harvard University. Alexseev has published articles in Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Peace ResearchPolitical Behavior, Political Communication, Europe-Asia Studies, Nationalities Papers,Post-Soviet Geography and EconomicsThe Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and Pacific Focus. His editorial opinion articles on Soviet and Post-Soviet affairs have appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Toronto Globe and MailUSA Today, and The Seattle Times. He is a member of the Carnegie/MacArthur sponsored Program on New Approaches to Russian Security (PONARS) – Eurasia, based at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is currently collaborating with the Institute of Sociology of Ukraine’s National Academy of Sciences on research into the effects of war on sociopolitical identities and geopolitical orientations in Ukraine and has conducted extensive opinion surveys, focus groups and interviews, including Eastern Ukraine and the Donbas region. Visit Alexseev’s Russia in Asia webpage and his research project summaries and data on Russia.

  • “Crimea Come What May: Do Economic Sanctions Backfire Politically?” Journal of Peace Research (Fall 2019): 1-16 DOI: 10.1177/0022343319866879 (with Henry E. Hale).

  • Mass Religious Ritual and Intergroup Tolerance: The Muslim Pilgrims’ Paradox (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2017) (co-authored with Sufian Zhemukhov), in a series: Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion, and Politics.

  • “Blocs, States, and Borderlands: Explaining Russia’s Selective Territorial Revisionism,” Eurasian Border Review 6(1) (2016): 1-23.

  • “The Asymmetry of Nationalist Exclusion and Inclusion: Migration Policy Preferences in Russia, 2005-2013,” Social Science Quarterly 96 (2015): 759-777.

  • “Rallying ‘Round the Leader More than the Flag: Changes in Russian Nationalist Public Opinion 2013-14,” in Pal Kolsto, editor, The new Russian nationalism, 2000-2015: Imperialism, Ethnicity, Authoritarianism, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming, 2015 (with Henry E. Hale).

  • “Local vs. Transcendent Insurgencies: Why Economic Aid Helps Lower Violence in Dagestan, but not in Kabardino-Balkaria,” William Ascher, Natalia Mirovitskaya, and Jay Heffron, eds., Economic Development Strategies and Inter-Group Violence, Palgrave/MacMillan (2013), pp. 277-314.

  • “Border Demarcation, Cross-Border Migration, and Interethnic Hostility in the Russian Far East,”Eurasian Border Review 3(2) (2012): 1-21.

  • “Societal Security, the Security Dilemma, and Extreme Anti-Migrant Hostility in Russia,” Journal of Peace Research 48(4) (2011): 509-523.

  • “Majority and Minority Xenophobia in Russia: The Importance of Being Titular,” Post-Soviet Affairs26 (2) (April-June 2010): 89-120.

  • Immigration Phobia and the Security Dilemma: Russia, Europe, and the United States (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006).