Dinissa Duvanova

Dinissa Duvanova


  Assistant Professor
  Ph.D., Ohio State University
  E-mail: duvanova@buffalo.edu

  Phone: 716-645-8437

  Office: 420 Park Hall

  Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



Areas of Teaching and Research Interest:

Comparative Political Economy; Comparative Political Institutions; Interest Groups; Regulatory Politics; Bureaucratic Politics; Democratization; Technology-enabled Forms of Political Participation; Dissent and Repression.

Courses Taught:

PSC 103, Politics Abroad

PSC 211, Politics of Economic Development

PSC 413, Comparative Political Economy

PSC 351, Politics in East European Post-Soviet States
PSC 426, Comparative Political Institutions

PSC 503, Comparative Politics

PSC 521, Comparative Political Institutions

PSC 625, Political Change: Regime Transitions, Revolutions, Protests

PSC 628, Bureaucratic Politics

Current Research:

My research interests lie in the spheres of comparative political economy, comparative bureaucracy, regulatory policy, corruption, and collective action. These interests shape three
different research programs I currently pursue. My first research project addresses special interest groups' politics in the emerging capitalist economies of Eastern Europe and the former USSR. The second research project addresses business-state relations from the state's perspective and investigates the bureaucratic dimension of state regulatory policy. I recently began a third project, which extends my interest in collective action to popular protests and online forms of association and directly engages issues of violent conflict and repression. While my primary area of geographical expertise includes East-Central Europe, Russia, and Central Asia, the theoretical focus and methodological approach I take in the latter project lend themselves to the study of popular mobilization during the Arab Spring and the "Occupy" movement in the US.


Brief Bio:

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at UB. I received my Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2007. In 2007--2008 I was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University. My publications, among others, include a book with Cambridge University Press and solo articles in British Journal of Political Science and Comparative Politics.

Selected Recent Research:

“Bureaucratic Discretion and Regulatory Burden: Business Environment under Alternative Regulatory Regimes,” British Journal of Political Science, January 2012

“Firm Lobbying vs. Sectoral Organization: The Analysis of Business-State Relations in Post-Communist Russia,” Post-Soviet Affairs, October-December 2011.

"Bureaucratic Corruption and Collective Action: Business Associations in the Post-Communist Transition," Comparative Politics, 37, no. 4 (July 2007).


Here's a link to website that offers a discount on my book, "Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia".