Masha Hedberg

Masha Hedberg

Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies
European and Eurasian Studies
International Development
International Political Economy

SAIS Europe


  • Eastern Europe
  • Russia
  • Corruption and Transnational Crime
  • Economic Development
  • International Political Economy
  • French
  • Russian

Background and Education

Post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute; Partner, International Policy Research & Evaluation (IPRE Group). Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College; was previously a teaching fellow at Harvard University; PhD, government, Harvard University.

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2015-04-13 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
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This course explores the government and politics of Russia since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. It focuses on the major political and economic trends of recent years – the evolution of the political system and the executive branch, the transition to a market economy and the evolution of Russian capitalism, the politics of federalism and the recentralization of power under Putin, as well as the pressing challenges of corruption and imperatives of state-building. While grounded in the study of modern Russia, the course takes an implicitly comparative approach and also addresses questions relevant to other national contexts.
Spring 2018 
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This course introduces students to the major political-economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe from the end of the Second World War to the present, with an emphasis on the fall of communism and the events that came thereafter. Students will acquire a broad understanding of how the countries of Central and Eastern Europe developed over the course of the 20th Century; the successes, failures and dilemmas of the post-communist transitions; and the diversity of political and economic responses to the massive changes brought about by the revolutions of 1989, EU enlargement, and integration into the global economy. Over the course of the semester, we will cover material that addresses both the developments of the region in general as well as specific cases that highlight changes in individual countries, with particular focus on the new EU member states.

The goal of the course is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the roots of present-day socio-economic and political challenges, and to enable them to analyze how domestic and international factors have shaped and continue to influence the political economy of the region. Finally, a practical objective of the course is to help students prepare for the comprehensive examination in contemporary European political economy. It is not a complete guide to the examination and students are strongly encouraged to prepare themselves further with detailed knowledge of the country cases and of Europe as a whole. However, the course does cover some of the fundamental elements of the examination. (Cross listed European & Eurasian Studies/International Development/International Political Economy)