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Andrei Y. Melville

  • Member of the HSE Academic Council
  • Andrei Y. Melville has been at HSE University since 2009.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 1993
  • 1987

    Doctor of Sciences* in Social Philosophy
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1977

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Social Philosophy

  • 1972

    Degree in Philosophy
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Honorary title

Distinguished Scholar of Russia

Professional positions

Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences (since 2014)

Head, Department of Political Science (since 2014)

Dean, Faculty of Politics, National Research University Higher School of Economics (since 2010)

Department Head, Department of Comparative Politics, HSE (since 2010)

Professor, Faculty of Politics, HSE (since 2009)

Vice-Rector for Research, MGIMO-University (1999-2009)

Dean, Faculty of Political Science, MGIMO-University (1998-2004)

Department Head, Department of Comparative Politics, MGIMO-University (1998-1999)

Department Head, Department of Political Science, MGIMO-University (1991-1998)

Professor, MGIMO-University (1989-2009)

Section Head, Institute of the USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Science (1982-1989)

Research Fellow, Institute of the USA and Canada, Russian Academy of Science (1975-1982)

Other professional positions

Chair, Dissertation council in political science (212.048.08), Higher School of Economics (since 2010)

Chair, Dissertation council in political science (209.002.02), MGIMO-University (2008-2009)

Visiting professor, University of California, Berkeley (1992 and 1994)

Visiting professor, University of Bergen (1997, 1999 and 2009)

Professor, Stanford Overseas Program (2005-2007)

Chair, Board of the Megaproject on education in Russia, Open Society Institute (1998-2004)

Member, Presidential commission on human rights (1997-2002)

Member, Academic council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia (2000-2009)

Courses (2023/2024)

Courses (2022/2023)

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Introduction to Political Science (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 1 year, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2017/2018)

Introduction to Political Science (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 1 year, 3, 4 module)Rus

Courses (2016/2017)

Introduction to Political Science (Bachelor’s programme; Faculty of Social Sciences; 1 year, 1, 2 module)Rus

Editorial board membership

  • 2018: Member of the Editorial Board, Вопросы государственного и муниципального управления (Public Administration Issues).

  • 2015: Member of the Editorial Board, Russian Politics.

  • 2014: Member of the Editorial Board, Вестник Российской нации.

  • 2009: Member of the Editorial Board, Балтийский регион (Baltic region).

  • 2004: Member of the Editorial Board (член Международного консультативного совета), Journal of International Relations and Development (Journal of International Relations).

  • 2004: Member of the Editorial Council, Полития: Анализ. Хроника. Прогноз (Журнал политической философии и социологии политики).

  • 2001: Member of the Editorial Board, European Journal of International Relations.

  • 1989: Member of the Editorial Board, Полис. Политические исследования (Polis (Russian Federation)).

  • 2012–2016: Member of the Editorial Board, American Political Science Review.

  • 2008–2013: Member of the Editorial Board, International Studies Quarterly.


  • 2021
    Annual Convention of the International Studies Association. Presentation: "Political Atlas of the Modern World" Revisited: Power and Influence and other Indices
  • Научно практическая конференция "Предмет, структура и функции современной политологии". Presentation: Политическая наука перед вызовами XXI века
  • The 2021 IPSA World Congress of Political Science (Лиссабон). Presentation: “Political Atlas of the Modern World” Revisited: Global Dynamics Through New Instruments of Measurement
  • 2020
    I Хрусталевские чтения (Москва). Presentation: Политический атлас современности. Revisited
  • EUREN-РСМД (Москва). Presentation: Comments on EUREN Report 2
  • 2019
    XII Конвент Российской ассоциации международных исследований (Москва). Presentation: "10 лет спустя" - "Политический атлас современности 2.0"
  • Почетная лекция (Торонто). Presentation: Illiberal World and Russian Liberals
  • 60th Annual Convention of the International Studies Association (Торонто). Presentation: Power and Influence in World Politics: New Concepts and New Measurements
  • 2018
    Почетная лекция (Берген). Presentation: King of the Mountain" Model: Between Bad Equilibrium and Uncertainty
  • Regime Evolution, Institutional Change, and Social Transformation in Russia: Lessons for Political Science (New Haven). Presentation: Can Post-Soviet Studies Contribute to Current Political Science Debates?
  • XIX Апрельская международная научная конференция (Москва). Presentation: Могущество и влияние современных государств (некоторые теоретико-методологические аспекты)
  • 2017
    ISA International Conference 2017 (Гонконг). Presentation: "Democratic Liviathan"? State capacity and regime change"
  • OEI Lecture Series (Берлин). Presentation: Russia 2017 and Beyond: Uncertainty amidst Resilience
  • Будущее России: тенденции и перспективы развития политического системы (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: О развилках политического развития и пределах политического знания
  • Telos Moscow Conference (Москва). Presentation: Neo-Conservative "Consensus" as a National Idea for Russia?
  • Отношение России к Западу: динамика и причины изменений (Москва). Presentation: Неоконсервативный консенсус в России: причины формирования и факторы (не)устойчивости
  • Лекция (Рим). Presentation: Neo-Conservatism as National Idea for Russia?
  • What Next for Russia: Return to the Imperial Past or the Problem of Modenization? (Берлин). Presentation: Neo-Conservative Consensus in Russia: Ideas, Resilience, Erosion?

Academic publications


Political Atlas of the Modern World. And Experiment in Multidimensional Statistical Analysis of Modern States (ed. and co-author). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

Political Atlas of the Modern World (Ed. and co-author). MGIMO-University, 2007 (in Russian)

Political Science: Textbook (Ed. and co-author). Prospect-Press, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (in Russian)

Russian Foreign Policy: Concepts and Realities (ed. and co-author). Central European University, 2005.

Categories of Political Science. Textbook  (ed. and co-author). ROSSPEN, 2002 (in Russian)

Democratic Transitions. MONF, 1999 (in Russian)

The Glasnost Papers (co-editor and co-author). Westview Press, 1990

Conservatism in US Ideology and Politics. Progress Publishers, 1986

USA – Shift to the Right? Nauka, 1986 (in Russian)

Social Philosophy of Modern American Conservatism . Nauka, 1976 (in Russian)

Counter-Culture and New Conservatism (co-authored). Iskusstvo, 1976 (in Russian)


Recent Articles and Book Chapters

Quality of Institutions as the Priority of Modernization. – Resources of Modernization: Opportunities and Limits of the International Context. MGIMO-University, 2012 (in Russian)

Trajectories of Regime Transformation and Types of Stateness in Post-Communist Countries (co-authored). WP BPSR Series, HSE (02/2012)

Oligarchy. – IPSA Encyclopedia of Political Science, 2011

Preconditions of Democracy and Limits of Democratization (co-authored). –  International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development, HSE, 2012 (in Russian)

An Experiment in Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of the Factors of Democratization. – METHOD, 2011 (in Russian)

Trajectories of Regime Transformation and Types of Stateness (co-authored). – POLIS, 2012, No. 2 (in Russian)

Russia’s Post-Communist Transformation in a Comparative Perspective (co-authored). – 20 Years and Onward – Post-Soviet-Russian Politics: Ideologies, State Systems and World Strategies. Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, 2011

Alternative Scenarios of the Russian Future: Is there a “Corridor of Opportunities”? – The World in XXI: Scenarios for Russia. Institute of the European Studies, Russian Academy of Science, 2011.

Preconditions of Democracy and Limits of Democratization: Factors of Regime Change in Post-Communist Countries (co-authored). –  POLIS, 2011, No. 3

2020: Russian Alternatives Revisited (co-authored). – POLITIA, 2010, No. 2

Postponed and/or Cancelled Democratizations. – POLIS, 2010, No. 4

New Nations Formation: External and Domestic Factors of Consolidation (co-authored). –  POLIS, 2010, No. 3

Russia in 2020: Alternatives Scenarios of the Russian Future (co-authored). – On Russia.Axel and Axson Johnson Foundation 2009



Employment history

Dean of the Faculty of politics, HSE (2010-2014)

Professor of political science, HSE (2009-present)

Chair of the Dissertation council on political science, HSE, since 2010

Chair of the Dissertation council on political science, MGIMO-University, 2008-2009

Vice-rector, MGIMO-University (1999-2009)

Founding dean of the Faculty of political science, MGIMO-University (1998-2004)

Professor of political science, MGIMO-University (1989-2009)

Head of Department, Institute of the USA and Canada (1986-1989)

Head of Section, Institute of the USA and Canada (1982-1986)

Junior Researcher, Senior Researcher, Institute of the USA and Canada (1975-1982)

Timetable for today

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Results of 2022 KPI Assessment of Faculties

The Faculty of Computer Science, which scored the maximum number of points, was the overall leader, and the Graduate School of Business entered Group A for the first time

HSE University Remains Leader in Four Subjects in AC Expert Research Productivity Rankings

HSE University has taken first place in four subjects in the research productivity ranking of Russian universities published by the Expert analytical centre. The university also placed in the top five in eight other subjects.

HSE Ranks Among the World’s Top 50 Universities in Three QS Subject Rankings

HSE University has expanded its presence in the top 50 of QS subject rankings, placing in two additional subject rankings. HSE is represented in 4 of the 5 broad subject areas ranked by QS, and it has significantly improved its performance from last year in almost half of the individual subjects rankings in which it is included.

‘The Last of My Fears about the Vaccination Have Been Dispelled’

HSE faculty and staff on Sputnik V, Russia’s first vaccine against COVID-19

Alexander Karminsky and Andrei Melville Receive Awards of Moscow Professorial Forum

Both awards were conferred during the recent Professorial forum, which was held in Moscow on November 16-19.

HSE Outranks Russian Universities in 10 QS Subject Rankings

This year, HSE University has entered four additional QS World University Rankings by Subject, thereby bringing its grand total of represented broad and specific subject areas to 23. HSE ranks in 19 of the 38 subject rankings that include Russian universities, as well as in four of the ranking’s five broad subject areas. HSE is among the world’s top 100 universities in five subjects, including History and Social Policy & Administration, where it has entered the rankings for the first time.

HSE University Enters THE Top 100 in Economics and Appears in Law Ranking for the First Time

HSE took 94th place in the THE ranking in Business & Economics, outperforming all the other Russian universities in this subject. In addition, the university entered the ranking in Law for the first time (151+ cohort), becoming the only Russian university represented there.

State Capacity

How It Is Measured and Compared

‘Consolidation Will Create New Opportunities for Research and Education’

Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, spoke with the HSE News Service about the merger of two schools and the outlook for political science at HSE University.

HSE Staff Members Receive University Awards

On November 30 HSE staff members were awarded honor awards of the university at the meeting of the Academic Council.

Neighbours: Who is Close to HSE in Rankings. Part 1

In this year’s QS ranking by subject, HSE made it into the 51-100 group in three subject areas. The ranking is dominated by universities that need no introduction, Harvard, Oxford, London School of Economics and Political Science, etc. But which universities make the 51-100 group together with HSE? We asked some experts to tell us about HSE’s closest neighbours and their partnerships with HSE.

HSE Research Teams to Receive Russian Science Foundation Grants in 2017

The Russian Science Foundation has announced winners of its latest grant competition to support basic scientific research and exploratory scientific research conducted by research teams.

Public Policy Department Winter School 2016

Public Policy Department Winter School 2016 was as usual a great avenue to meet prospective students, share with them all the interesting academic and non-formal activities in the department. The two days power-packed and intensive activity of teaching and learning will be an unforgettable experience for the all the prospective students as the various professors from the department presented various topics to them.

Articles by HSE Researchers in Collection of Studies on Post-Soviet History

On December 26, 1991, the Soviet Union was dissolved and the Russian flag was raised over Kremlin. Taylor & Francis Group gathered a large collection of studies on Soviet and post-Soviet periods containing 150 research articles to celebrate the 25th anniversary of this event. Articles by staff from the School of Political Science were also included in the collection ‘The Dissolution of the Soviet Union: 25 Years On’.  All the publications will be available free of charge until the end of June 2017.

24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science

On July 23-28, 2016, the 24th IPSA World Congress of Political Science ‘Politics in a World of Inequality’ was held in Poznan, Poland. The event was organized by the Polish Association of Political Science and the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of Adam Mickiewicz University. Over 3000 researchers, scholars and experts in political science and related fields from over 100 countries (including lecturers, students and doctoral students from HSE Faculty of Social Sciences) took part in the event. Plenary meetings, over 600 research panels as well as lectures by renowned experts, dedicated to topical issues of world policy and political sciences, were held during the congress.

International Conference ‘State and Political Discourse in Russia’ Held in Venice

On June 17-18, Venice hosted the International Conference ‘State and Political Discourse in Russia’, organized by the Italian Foundation for Reset Dialogues on Civilizations (ResetDOC). The HSE was one of the co-organizers of the conference, together with London School of Economics and Political Science, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies (Harvard University), and others.

Democracy in a Russian Mirror

The book ‘Democracy in a Russian Mirror’ edited by Adam Przeworski was issued by Cambridge University Press in May 2015. Three of the authors — Boris Makarenko, Andrei Melville and Mikhail Ilyin — are staff members of the School of Political Science.

Political Scientist with Freedom of Choice

On 8th May Andrei Melville, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences celebrates his 65th birthday.

56th Convention of the International Studies Association

From the 18th to 21st February the biggest American (in fact international - like the American Association of Political Science) professional association of researchers in international relations, global politics and comparative politics, theInternational Studies Association held it’s 56th annual convention, this time in New Orleans. As in recent years, more than 6,000 participants came from all over the world.

HSE Political Scientists at the World International Studies Committee Conference

From the 5 -9 August the Fourth Global International Studies Conference organised by the World International Studies Committee took place in Frankfurt. The dean of the the HSE Social Studies Faculty, Andrei Melville, spoke in his capacity as Chairman of the Programme Committee.

HSE Scholars Take Part in Global Political Science Congress

In July, instructors and students from the HSE’s Faculty of Social Sciences took part in the 23rd World Congress of Political Science, which was held in Montreal by the International Political Science Association. Two collective projects by the HSE were presented on special panels.

Young Political Scientists from the HSE Take Part in Organizing Conference in Austria

A young scientists’ conference organized by the European Consortium for Political Research recently took place at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Students of the HSE Institute of Education’s Master’s programme on Contemporary Political Conflicts organized a session called ‘Political Power & Foreign Policy Analysis’.

Time for Russia

On May 7, 2014 leading Russian and international experts and HSE lecturers gave a presentation about a new international lecture series ‘Time for Russia’, organized by the Civil Society Development Foundation and the HSE. 

Evgeny Yasin: ‘The HSE, the New Economic School and Gaidar Institute Are Restoring Research to the Pre-Revolutionary Level in Russia’

Today, HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin celebrates his 80th birthday. The HSE News Service congratulates him, and in honour of the celebration, is publishing an extract from Andrey Kolesnikov’s book ‘Dialogues with Evgeny Yasin’.

New Master’s Programme on ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ Starts at the HSE

In 2014, an innovative master’s programme on ‘Philosophy, Politics and Economics’ (PPE) will open at the HSE. The new programme is a result of cooperation between several HSE faculties: Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, and World Economy and International Affairs. Witten/Herdecke University (Germany) is an international partner of the programme.

Democracy and Meritocracy: Are the Two Principles Compatible?

On July 1, 2013, the Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (CFDP) held an international political conference ‘Democracy and Meritocracy: Are the Two Principles Compatible?’, in which international and Russian experts took part.

Among the Top Ten

Leading British newspaper, The Independent, has published a list of the 10 best atlases, which includes the atlas created by a team of authors from the HSE Faculty of Politics.

Awards and New Areas of Development

On October 28th 2011, a session of the Academic Council of the Higher School of Economics took place at the HSE, The event began with an award ceremony: Claude Blanchemaison, Professor at the Paris-Dauphine University, former French Ambassador in Russia and a long-time friend of the HSE, was given the title of HSE Honorary Professor.

Structure of the HSE: Bridging the Gaps

On June 3rd, the HSE Academic Council made several decisions regarding the future of some university departments.