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Brian Taylor

Professor, Political Science

Brian Taylor is a professor of political science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. His research focuses on the role of state coercive organizations, such as the military and the police, in domestic politics. Additional interests include comparative state-building and comparative federalism.

Taylor’s geographic area of specialization is Russia and the post-Soviet region. Additionally, Dr. Taylor is the author of State Building in Putin’s Russia: Policing and Coercion After Communism and Politics and the Russian Army: Civil-Military Relations, 1689-2000.

He wrote several articles and book chapters including

  • “The Russian Siloviki and Political Change.” Daedalus Vol. 146, No. 2 (Spring 2017), forthcoming.
  • “The Transformation of the Russian State,” in Stephan Leibfried, Evelyne Huber, Matthew Lange, Jonah D. Levy, Frank Nullmeier, and John D. Stephens, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Transformations of the State (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 637-653.
  • “From Police State to Police State? Legacies and Law Enforcement in Russia,” in Mark Beissinger and Stephen Kotkin, eds., Historical Legacies of Communism in Russia and Eastern Europe (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 128-151.
  • “Police Reform in Russia: The Policy Process in a Hybrid Regime.” Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 30, Nos. 2–3 (2014), pp. 226–255.


He is am currently writing a book on Putinism and several papers about the Russian siloviki, security, military, and law enforcement personnel.