The Double Transition in Russian Area Studies


  • Russell Bova



Russia, Area studies, undergraduate education, Russian Studies


The transitions shaping both Russia and Russian area studies clearly carry implications for how to teach our students and prepare them to understand the area. Thus, following a detailed discussion of the double transition in Russian area studies, this essay will consider the pedagogical implications for undergraduate education in Russian studies, in area studies in general, and for study abroad programs in Russia in the early 21st century.


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Author Biography

Russell Bova

Russell Bova is Professor of Political Science, Coordinator of the Russian Area Studies Program, and Chair of the Russian Department at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He teaches courses in comparative politics and international relations, and he is the author of numerous articles and chapters on Soviet and Russian politics. His current research interests focus on democratization in Russia as well as on issues of democracy and democratization in comparative perspective. 


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How to Cite

Bova, R. (2000). The Double Transition in Russian Area Studies. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 6(1), 127–154.