February 24, 2011       

Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh
Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and Consultant to the United States Government

Present U.S.-Russian Relations

Vladimir Shlapentokh is a Soviet-born (1926) American sociologist, historian and political scientist, notable for his work on Soviet and Russian society and politics, as well as theoretical work in the fields of sociology.  He is currently a Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University.  Vladimir Shlapentokh is widely considered a “founding father” of Soviet sociology.  He was born, raised, and educated (Kiev State University, B.A. 1949; Economic Statistical Institute, B.A. 1950; Moscow Institute of Economics, Ph.D. 1956; and Institute of World Economy and International Affairs, 1966) in the Soviet Union.  Before immigrating to the United States in 1979, he worked as a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Sociology, Moscow.  He conducted the first set of national public opinion surveys in the Soviet Union.  Before emigration, he published ten books and a number of articles on various social issues and methodology of sociological studies.  Since moving to the U.S., Dr. Shlapentokh has published 14 books and dozens of professional articles.  His columns have appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.  Since 1982, he has served as a consultant to the United States government, regularly reporting on social processes, ideology, and public opinion in Russia and other post-Soviet States.  He speaks English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish and other Slavic languages.



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