I am a Professor of Social Sciences and Eastern European Studies at the Department of Sociology of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and a Principal Investigator at the Graduate School for East and Southeast European Studies (LMU Munich and University of Regensburg). Prior to that, I worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (as an Associate in the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Division) and at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management (as an Assistant Professor for International Political Economy). I obtained my PhD degree from the University of Mannheim and the DrSc and CandSc degrees from the Russian Academy of Sciences.

I am affiliated with the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development of the National Research University Higher School of Economics (ICSID HSE) and the Center for Russian Studies of the East China Normal University, and was affiliated with the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences in the past. In addition, I held teaching appointments at the Free University of Berlin and the Moscow School of Economics of the Moscow State University (among others), as well as was a visiting researcher at the University of Rochester, the University of Marburg and the Stockholm School of Economics.

My work was awarded the Knut Wicksell Prize from the European Public Choice Society, the Gordon Tullock Prize from the Public Choice Society and the journal Public Choice, as well as the Ovsievich Memorial Prize from the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Leontieff Center. I am a member of the editorial board of the journal Post-Communist Economies.

My recent and current research projects have benn focusing on Russsian sub-national politics, informal power relations in authoritarian states, contribution of historical legacies to the contemporary political and economic development of the states of Eurasia and Eurasian regional economic organizations. 

E-mail: alexander.libman@soziologie.uni-muenchen.de

You can download my CV here.

Selected publications


Re-Evaluating Regional Organizations: Behind the Smokescreen of Official Mandates. Palgrave MacMillan, 2017 (with Evgeny Vinokurov) 

Causes and Consequences of Democratization: The Regions of Russia. Routledge, 2015  (with Anastassia Obydenkova) 
Autocratic and Democratic External Influences in Post-Soviet Eurasia. Ashgate, 2015 (edited volume, co-edites with Anastassia Obydenkova) 
Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (with Evgeny Vinokurov)
Eurasian Integration: Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism. Palgrave Macmillan, 2012 (with Evgeny Vinokurov)

Journal articles
- Appropriation and Subversion: Pre-Communist Literacy, Communist Party Saturation, and Post-Communist Democratic Outcomes. World Politics, 2016, 68(2): 229-274 (with Tomila Lankina and Anastassia Obydenkova) 
- Authoritarian and Democratic Diffusion in Post-Communist Regions. Comparative Political Studies, 2016, 49(12): 1599-1629  (with Tomila Lankina and Anastassia Obydenkova)
- CPSU Legacies and Regional Democracy in Contemporary Russia. Political Studies, 2015, 63(S1): 173-190 (with Anastassia Obydenkova) 
- Is There a Local Knowledge Advantage in Federations? Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Public Choice, 2015, 162(1): 25-42 (with Andre Schultz)
- Post-Soviet Integration and the Interaction of Functional Bureaucracies. Review of International Political Economy, 2012, 19(5): 867-894 (with Evgeny Vinokurov)