Laura A. Henry

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

On leave for the 2017-18 academic year.

Laura Henry teaches courses on contemporary Russian politics, Eastern Europe, the European Union, environmental politics, and social movements and civil society. Her research investigates Russia’s post-Soviet transformation and state-society relations across the former Soviet Union, in addition to in environmental politics. Her current research investigates BRICS states' participation in global governance on issues ranging from climate to HIV/AIDS. 

Henry is the author of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and the co-editor of Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M.E. Sharpe, 2006).  Her work has appeared in Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, Environmental Politics, and Global Environmental Politics, among other journals. She has been a Watson Foundation fellow and a Fulbright Scholar.  Her research has received support from the National Security Education Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Research and Exchange Board.  

Education

  • Ph.D. Political Science, University of California; Berkeley, CA
  • M.A. Political Science, University of California; Berkeley, CA
  • B.A. Political Science/History. Magna cum laude, Wellesley College; Wellesley, MA

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Selected Publications

“Corporate Social Responsibility and the Oil Industry in the Russian Arctic: Global Norms and Neo-Paternalism” (with Soili Nysten-Haarala, Svetlana Tulaeva, and Maria Tysiachniouk), Europe-Asia Studies, forthcoming.

“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.

Selected Conference Presentations

“Assessing Private Actors, Changing State Behavior: The Case of the Forest Stewardship Council” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), Assessment Power in World Politics Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, May 6-7, 2016. 

“Corporate Social Responsibility in Russia: Incentives and Obstacles to Norm Diffusion,” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Philadelphia, PA, November 19-22, 2015.

“BRICS NGOs and Global Governance: Ascendance or Absence?” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom and Priya Bala Miller), American Political Science Association, San Francisco, September 3‐6, 2015.

“Global Governance at Home: NGOs as Governance Promoters in Russia and the other BRIC States” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), International Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, February 18-21, 2015.

“Corporate Social Responsibility and the Oil Industry in the Russian Arctic: Global Policy and Local Paternalism,” at the workshop “What Kind of Russian Energy Superpower?” sponsored by the University of Helsinki/University of Tampere Center of Excellence, held at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 20-21, 2013.

“Global Governance in the BRICS: The Role of NGOs,” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, August 29-September 1, 2013.

“Managed Citizenship: The Russian Regime and International Models of Stakeholder Participation,” (with Maria Tysiachniouk), presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, MA, April 3-5, 2013.

“Russia, the BRICs and the Domestic Politics of Global Governance: Initial Explorations on Corporate Social Responsibility,” (with Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom), presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, San Francisco, MA, April 3-5, 2013.

“The Uneven Response to Global Environmental Governance,” presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics, Cambridge, MA, June 28-30, 2012.

“Contentious Politics around Forest Certification in Russia,” presented at the conference Complex Gaze at a Complex World, St. Petersburg, Russia, May 25-27, 2012.

“National Interests and Transnational Governance: International Influence on Russia’s Forest and Climate Politics” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Washington, DC, November 17-21, 2011.

“Complaint-Making as Political Participation in Contemporary Russia,” presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Los Angeles, CA, November 18-21, 2010.

Awards and Grants

Canadian SSHRC Insight Development Grant, 2013-2015 (Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom, P.I.)

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) Research Contract, 2011-13

Andrew W. Mellon Sabbatical Leave Fellowship, Bowdoin College, 2011-2012

Embassy Policy Specialist, Moscow, Russia, administered by the International Research and Exchange Board (IREX), May-June 2011

Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, Bowdoin College, 2009

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Eurasia Program, Social Science Research Council, 2007-2008 

Fulbright Scholar award, Russia, Fulbright Scholars Program, 2007-2008

Links and Public Outreach

MPBN Maine Calling: News from Russia

MPBN Maine Calling: Russia and Ukraine 

MPBN Maine Calling: Russia’s Olympics 

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

“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