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Eugene Finkel
Kenneth H. Keller Professor of International Affairs
Academic and Faculty Liaison
efinkel4@jhu.edu
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Eugene Finkel is Kenneth H. Keller Professor of International Affairs
Academic and Faculty Liaison at SAIS Europe


Eugene (Evgeny) Finkel works at the intersection of political science and history. He was born in Ukraine and grew up in Israel. Finkel received a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a PhD in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on how institutions and individuals respond to extreme situations: mass violence, state collapse, and rapid change.

Finkel's most recent book is Intent to Destroy: Russia's Two-Hundred-Year Quest to Dominate Ukraine (Basic Books, 2024). He is also the author of Ordinary Jews: Choice and Survival during the Holocaust (Princeton University Press, 2017), Reform and Rebellion in Weak States (Cambridge University Press, 2020, co-authored with Scott Gehlbach) and Bread and Autocracy: Food, Politics and Security in Putin’s Russia (Oxford University Press, 2023, co-authored with Janetta Azarieva and Yitzhak M. Brudny). His articles have appeared in the American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, East European Politics and Societies, Slavic Review, and several other journals and edited volumes. Finkel also published articles and op-eds in The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The Spectator and other outlets. For a recent curriculum vitae including a full list of publications, click here.
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The Western Focus is on Managing the Ukraine War - Not Ending It (in German)
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  • Genocide and Mass Violence
  • State, Society, and Violence in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Autocracy from Early States to the 21st Century


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