Hilary Appel, Ph.D.

Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow

Department

Government

Areas of Expertise

Political Economy
Post-communist transitions
Russian Politics
West and East European Politics
Kravis Center
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Office Hours

Wednesdays 1:45-3:15pm and by appointment

Biography

Hilary Appel is the Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Appel has published numerous books and articles on the politics of economic reform in Russia and Eastern Europe in leading scholarly journals like World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Post-Soviet Affairs, East European Politics and Societies, and others.

Her most recent book, co-authored with Mitchell A. Orenstein, is entitled From Triumph to Crisis: Neoliberal Economic Reform in Post-Communist Countries (Cambridge University Press, 2018). She has been awarded national fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Foundation, the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, and the Institute for the Study of World Politics.

Education

B.A., Williams College; M.A., Stanford University; Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

Awards and Affiliations

National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, Research Grant, 2007-10.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kennan Institute Research Scholar, 1999

Social Science Research Council, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2002-03.

Columbia University Harriman Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2002.

American Council of Learned Societies, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-02.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kennan Institute Short-term Scholar, 2008.

Research and Publications

Appel, Hilary and Mitchell Orenstein, “Why did Neoliberalism Triumph and Endure in the Post-Communist World?” Comparative Politics, volume 48, April 2016, pp. 313-331.

Appel, Hilary and Mitchell Orenstein, "Ideas versus Resources: Explaining the Flat Tax and Pension Privatization Revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union,” Comparative Political Studies, volume 46, February 2013.

Appel, Hilary,“Is it Putin or Is it Oil? Explaining Russia’s Fiscal Recovery,” Post-Soviet Affairs, volume 24, October-December 2008, pp. 301-323.

Appel, Hilary, “International Imperatives and Tax Reform: Lessons from Postcommunist Europe,” Comparative Politics, volume 39, October 2006, pp. 43-62.

Appel, Hilary, “The Ideological Determinants of Liberal Economic Reform: The Case of Privatization,” World Politics, volume 52, July 2000, pp. 520-549.

"Anti-Communist Justice and Founding the Post-Communist Order: Lustration and Restitution in Central Europe,” East European Politics and Societies, volume 19, August 2005, pp. 379-405.