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Professor Archie Brown FBA

Communist Politics, Political Leadership, End of the Cold War, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule
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About this Fellow

Archie Brown taught for 34 years at the University of Oxford, the last sixteen of them as Professor of Politics. Earlier he lectured at Glasgow University for seven years, having previously studied as an undergraduate and graduate student at the London School of Economics. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003 and appointed CMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours List of 2005 'for services to UK-Russian relations and the study of political science and international affairs'. He has twice been the recipient of the W.J.M. Mackenzie Prize for best political science book of the year from the Political Studies Association of the UK and twice awarded the Alec Nove Prize for best book on Russia, Communism or post-Communism. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement in Political Studies award from the PSA, and in 2015 he was given the Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies Award of the American association, ASEEES. Brown has been Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale, the University of Connecticut, Columbia University and the University of Texas at Austin and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame.



Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College

Past Appointments

  • Lecturer in Politics, University of Glasgow, 1964 - 1971
  • Professor of Politics, University of Oxford, 1989
  • Professor of Politics, University of Oxford and Fellow of St Antony's College, University of Oxford, 1971
  • Emeritus Professor of Politics, University of Oxford, 2005
  • Fellow, St Antony's College University of Oxford, 1971 - 2005
  • Emeritus Fellow, St Antony's College University of Oxford, 2005

British Academy Appointments

  • Chair, Political Studies Section, 1999 - 2002
  • Member of Council, 2014 - 2017


The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age 2014; paperback, 2015

The Rise and Fall of Communism 2009; paperback, 2010

The Gorbachev Factor 1996; paperback, 1997

Seven Years that changed the world: Perestroika in perspective 2007

The British study of politics in the twentieth century 1999

Adam Smith's first Russian followers Essays on Adam Smith (book) 1975

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