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Hannah Chapman

Theodore Romanoff Assistant Professor of Russian Studies
Assistant Professor, International & Area Studies
Farzaneh Hall
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Hannah S. Chapman is the Theodore Romanoff Assistant Professor of Russian Studies and an Assistant Professor of International and Area Studies. Previously, she was a George F. Kennan Fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 

Her research, teaching, and service are in the fields of comparative political behavior with a substantive focus on public opinion, political participation, and political communication in non-democracies and a regional focus on Russian and post-Soviet politics. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in authoritarianism, Russian domestic and international politics, and comparative politics. 

Her book project, Dialogue with the Dictator: Information Manipulation and Authoritarian Legitimation in Putin's Russia, examines the role of quasi-democratic participation mechanisms in reinforcing authoritarian regimes. Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics,  Democratization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Washington Post.

Select academic publications:

Shoring Up Autocracy: Participatory Technologies and Regime Support in Putin's Russia." 2021. Comparative Political Studies 54 (8): 1459–1489.  

  • Best Conference Paper in Information Technology & Politics, American Political Science Association, 2017

  • Featured in The Academic Times

Foreign Media Broadcasts as a Tool of Soft Power: Agenda Setting and Issue Framing Effects of Russian News in Kyrgyzstan.” With Theodore P. Gerber. International Studies Quarterly 63 (3): 756–769.

Xenophobia on the Rise? Temporal and Regional Trends in Xenophobic Attitudes in Russia.” With Kyle L. Marquardt, Yoshiko M. Herrera, and Theodore P. Gerber. Comparative Politics 50 (3): 381-394. 

To Know It is to Want More of It: The Intelligibility and Definition of Democracy, Support for Democratization, and Global City Residence in Russia.” With Theodore P. Gerber. 2017. Democratization 28 (3): 481-503. 

Select public writing:

"The Destruction of Academic Freedom and Social Science in Russia." (with Theodore P. Gerber.) 2022. PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo No. 766.

  • Featured in Russia Matters.

Thousands of Russians are protesting against the war with Ukraine. Putin’s not likely to listen.” 2022. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. March 1

"Under the veil of democracy: What do people mean when they say they support democracy?" (with Margaret Hanson, Valery Dzutsati, and Paul DeBell). 2022. Center for the Study of Economic Liberty, Arizona State University. February 21.

Democratic Decline, Authoritarian Resilience, and Individual Conceptualization: A Conversation with George F. Kennan Fellow Hannah Chapman.” 2021. Kennan Institute Scholar Spotlight The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. September 30.

Putin would recognize Trump’s ‘reality TV’ techniques in the State of the Union address.” 2020. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. February 11.

Russian Propaganda Isn’t as Effective As You May Think.” (with Theodore P. Gerber). 2019. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. September 5.

  • Featured on Johnson’s Public List and MSN.

In Moscow, citizens have been protesting for five weekends in a row. What does the rest of Russia think?” 2019. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. August 15.

Putin now has his own TV show, following his daily life. This explains why.” 2018. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. September 28.

Russians are getting less xenophobic.” 2018. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. April 18.

Trump’s news conferences look a lot like Putin’s. Should you worry?” 2017. The Monkey Cage [Washington Post]. February 18.