Location: Bowdoin / Laura A. Henry

Government and Legal Studies

Laura A. Henry

John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government

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Government And Legal Studies

Hubbard Hall - 18

Teaching this semester

GOV 2410. Post-Communist Russian Politics and Society

Laura Henry
Explores the most dramatic political event of the twentieth century: the collapse of Soviet communism and Russia’s subsequent political development. Begins by examining the Soviet system and the political and social upheaval of the late Soviet period. Proceeds to investigate the challenges of contemporary Russian politics, including the semi-authoritarian regime, the challenges of sustainable economic growth and modernization, the demographic crisis, the loss of superpower status, and the search for a role in international politics. Comparisons made with other countries in the post-Communist region.

GOV 3500. Social Protest and Political Change

Laura Henry
Analyzes the role of social protest in generating political change on issues such as civil rights, environmentalism, women’s rights, indigenous rights, and globalization. Begins by considering different theoretical approaches to understanding the emergence and effectiveness of social movements and non-governmental organizations. Then engages in comparative analysis of social protest in Europe, the United States, Latin America, and elsewhere, paying particular attention to the advantages and risks of the increasingly transnational nature of social activism.

Laura Henry 


  • Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley. Political Science. 2004
  • M.A. University of California, Berkeley. Political Science. 1996.
  • B.A. Wellesley College. Political Science/History. Magna cum laude, 1993.

“Social Mobilization and the Strong State from the Soviets to Putin: Social Movements in Russia” (with Alfred B. Evans). In Guya Accornero and Olivier Fillieule, eds. Social Movement Studies in Europe: The State of the Art, Oxford: Berghan Books, 2016.

“Managed Citizenship: Global Forest Governance and Democracy in Russian Communities” (with Maria Tysiachniouk), International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology 22, 6 (November 2015): 476-489.

“Climate Change Policies in the Post-Socialist World” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), Current History 113, 765 (October 2014): 278-283.

“Complaint-Making as Political Participation in Contemporary Russia,” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 45, 3–4 (September–December 2012): 243–254.

“Russia’s Climate Policy: International Bargaining and Domestic Modernization” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), Europe-Asia Studies 64, 7 (September 2012): 1297-1322.

“Between Transnationalism and State Power: The Development of Russia’s Post-Soviet Environmental Movement,” Environmental Politics 19, 5 (2010): 756-781.

“Redefining the Common Good After Communism: Beyond Ideology” (with Kristen R. Ghodsee), NewsNet 50, 4 (August 2010): 1-7.

Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet RussiaRed to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia, Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2010.

“Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: From Hot Air to Implementation?” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), pp. 105-137. In Kathryn Harrison and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, Global Commons, Domestic Decisions: The Comparative Politics of Climate Change, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.

“Redefining Citizenship in Russia: Political and Social Rights,” Problems of Post-Communism 56, 6 (November-December 2009): 51-65.

“Thinking Globally, Limited Locally: The Russian Environmental Movement and Sustainable Development.” In Julian Agyeman and Yelena Ogneva-Himmelberger, eds., Environmental Justice and Sustainability in the Former Soviet Union , Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009.

“Environmental Issues in Russia” (co-authored with Vladimir Douhovnikoff), Annual Review of Environment and Resources, Vol. 33 (November 2008): 437-460.

“Russia and the Kyoto Protocol: Seeking an Alignment of Interests and Image” (co-authored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 7, No. 4 (2007): 47-69.

“Russia and the Kyoto Protocol in Comparative Perspective” [Rossiia I Kiotskii Protokol v sravnitel’noi perspective] (co-authored with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom). In Aleksandr Kosarikov, ed., Global Climate Treaties: Risks and Benefits for Russia, Moscow: Environmental Projects Consulting Institute, 2006. Available in English and Russian.

russian civil society“Shaping Social Activism in Post-Soviet Russia: Leadership, Organizational Diversity, and Innovation,” Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2006): 99-124.

"Introduction" and "Russian Civil Society: Tensions and Trajectories" (co-authored with Sundstrom). In Alfred Evans, Laura Henry, and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, eds., Change and Continuity in Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

"Russian Environmentalists in Civil Society." In Alfred Evans, Laura Henry, and Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, eds., Change and Continuity in Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment, Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2006.

"Two Paths to a Greener Future: Environmentalism and Civil Society Development in Russia," Demokratizatsiya, Spring 2002, Vol. 10, No. 2: 184-206.

Bowdoin News: Laura Henry on “What I Did This Summer”  

MPBN Maine Calling: Russia and Ukraine 

MPBN Maine Calling: Russia’s Olympics 

“National Interest and Transnational Environmental Governance in Russia,” Scholar Research Brief, International Research and Exchange Board, August 2011.  Available as PDF

Interview on The Voice of Russia Radio: The view of Russia's environmental programmes from abroad 

Bowdoin Orient: Faculty research focus: Laura Henry

Academic Spotlight: 2009 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty