EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM:
February 24, 2011
Dr. Vladimir Shlapentokh
Professor of Sociology at Michigan
State University and Consultant to the United States
Present U.S.-Russian Relations
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
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.