Kathleen Collins

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Kathleen Collins is an associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. Her interests include political transition and democratization, Islam and politics, civil and ethnic conflict, clan politics, informal institutions, and Soviet and post-Soviet political development; she has conducted extensive field research in Central Asia. Collins has been a consultant with the National Bureau of Asian Research, United Nations Development Program, and United States Agency for International Development, among others. She authored Clan Politics and Regime Transition in Central Asia (2006), which won the Central Eurasian Studies Society Award for the best book in the social sciences on Central Eurasia. Collins has published articles in World Politics, Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, Political Research Quarterly, Europe-Asia Studies, Asia Policy, and the Brown Journal of International Affairs. She is working on her second book, The Rise of Political Islam in Eurasia: State Repression, Ideology, and Islamist Mobilization. Collins received her Ph.D. from Stanford University.
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