Pauline Jones Luong

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Pauline Jones Luong

Professor, Political Science
Director, International Institute

Office Location(s): 7632 Haven Hall
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  • Affiliation(s)
    • CREES, Political Science, WCED
  • Fields of Study
    • Institutional origin, state formation, and the resource curse in Central Asia and Russia
  • About

    Pauline Jones Luong’s scholarly work contributes broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in a wide variety of settings: newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources, and states with predominantly Muslim populations. The empirical basis for her work has been primarily the former Soviet Union (FSU) -- particularly the five Central Asian republics that gained independence in 1991 (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). However, she has also engaged in broad cross-national comparisons across regions, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), utilizing a combination of controlled case comparisons and statistical analysis. Future research will explore the institutionalization of secularism and the politics of extremism, focusing on countries with predominantly Muslim populations. 

    Professor Jones Luong is currently director of the International Institute, as well as the Digital Islamic Studies Curriculum (DISC).

  • Education
    • Harvard University, Ph.D. with distinction (Government)
    • Harvard University, M.S. (Government)
    • UC Berkeley, B.A. with honors (Political Science and History)
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