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Michael Kraus, Frederick C. Dirks Professor of political science, directs Russian and East European studies at Middlebury College. He earned his doctorate in politics at Princeton.
At Middlebury, he teaches courses in transitional justice, Soviet and Russian politics, Central and East European politics, and leadership. His research interests include comparative democratization, Russian and European politics, transitional justice, ethnic conflict and leadership.
Kraus has published the books "Irreconcilable Differences? Explaining Czechoslovakia’s Dissolution;" "Russia and Eastern Europe After Communism: The Search for New Political, Economic, and Security Systems;" and "Perestroika and East-West Economic Relations: Prospects for the 1990s." He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Council of Soviet and East European Research, Ford Foundation, IREX, Fulbright-Hays, Rotary International Foundation, ACLS and SSRC.