Curriculum Vitae

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Born in Kiev in 1926. Married with two children. Emigrated from the USSR in May 1979; U.S. citizen since September 1986.

Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Michigan State University.

1966 Doctor of Economic Sciences, Institute of World Economy and International Affairs, Moscow.
1956 Candidate of Economic Sciences, Moscow Institute of Economics.
1950 Graduate, Economic Statistical Institute.
1949 Graduate, Department of History, Kiev State University.


Books: Top of Page

Power and Inequality in Interpersonal Relations (co-author), New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publisher, 2015.

Freedom, Repression, and Private Property (Co-author), Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press,2013.

Restricting Freedoms: Limitations on the Individual in Contemporary America (Co-author), Piscataway, New Jersey: Transaction Publishers,2013.

Feudal America: Elements of the Middle Ages in Contemporary Society (Co-author), Pennsylvania, University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press,2011.

The Soviet Union: Internal and External Perspectives on Soviet Society(co-author). Palgrave, 2008.

Contemporary Russia as a Feudal Society: A New Perspective on the Post-Soviet Era, (with the collaboration of Joshua Woods), Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Fear in contemporary society: its negative and positive effects. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

America: Sovereign Defender or Cowboy Nation? Ashgate, 2005 (co-editor).

An Autobiographical Narration of the Role of Fear and Friendship in the Soviet Union. Lewiston: Edwin Mellon Press. 2004.

Islamic extremists versus America and the Jews in Russia's roster of enemies, Washington, D.C.: Office of the Secretary of Defense, 2003.

Fears in Post-communist Society, (co-author), New York: Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002.

A Normal Totalitarian Society, Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2001.

Fear in the Post Communist World, Washington, D.C.: NCEER, The National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, 2000.

The New Elite In Post-Communist Eastern Europe, (co-editor), College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1999.

The Province Versus The Center in Russia: From Submission to Rebellion, (co-author), Bolder: West View Press, 1997.

Russia: Privatization and Illegalization of Social and Political Life, Cambridge (U.K): Conflict Studies Research Center, Royal Military Academy, Sundhurst, 1995.

The New Russian Diaspora: Russian Minorities in the Former Soviet Republics, (co-editor), Armonk: M. E. Sharpe, 1994.

Soviet Cinema in 1918-1991: Ideological conflict and social reality, (co-author), New York: Aldine De Gruyter, 1993.

The Last Years of the Soviet Empire: Snapshots of 1985-1991, New York: Praeger, 1993.

State Organized Terror: The Case of Violent Internal Repression, (co-editor), Boulder: Westview Press, 1991.

Soviet Intellectuals and Political Power, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.

The Public and Private Life of the Soviet People, New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.

Soviet Ideologies in the Period of Glasnost, New York: Praeger, 1988.

The Politics of Sociology in the Soviet Union, with foreword by Professor Morris Rosenberg, Boulder: Westview Press, 1987.

Soviet Public Opinion and Ideology: The Interaction Between Mythology and Pragmatism, New York: Praeger, 1986.

Sociology and Politics: The Soviet Case, Falls Church: Delphi Associates, 1985.

Evolution of the Soviet Sociology of Work: From Ideology to Pragmatism, The Carl Beck Papers, Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 1985.

Love, Marriage, and Friendship in the Soviet Union: Ideals and Practice, New York: Praeger, 1984.

Organizational Innovation, The Carl Beck Papers, (co-author), Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, 1986.

Essays on Sociology, with Foreword by Professor Howard Schuman, Special Issue of the International Journal of Sociology, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1980.


Russian Books: Top of Page

Shlapentokh, V. 2008. Sovremennaia Rossiia kak feodal'noe obshchestvo : novyi rakurs postsovetskoiry.  Moscow : Stolitsa

Shlapentokh, V. 2006. The Quality of Sociological Information: Validity, Representativness and Prognostic Potential. Moscow: Tsentr sotsialnogo prognozirovaniia.

Shlapentokh, V. 2003. Strakh i Druzhba v Nashem Totalitarnom Proshlom (Fear and Friendship in our Totalitarian Past), St. Petersburg: Krasnaya Zvezda.

Shlapentokh, V. (co-author) 2000.   Strakhi v Rossii : v Proshlom i Nastoiashchem, Novosibirsk: Sibirskii Khronograf.

Shlapentokh, V. 1999.  Katastrophicheskoie Soznaniie v Sovremennom Mire v Kontse XX Veka  (The Catastrophic Mentality in the Contemporary World by the End of the 20 century), Moscow: Moskovskii Obshchestvennyi Nauchnyikh Fond.

Shlapentokh, V., Shubkin, V., and V. Yadov, (eds.) 1990a. Katastrofichseskoie  Soznanie v Sovremennom Mire. Moscow: Rossiiskaia Assotsiatsia Nauchnykh Fondov.

Shlapentokh, V. 1990. Otkryvaia Ameriku: Pis'ma Druz'iam v Moskvu. U.S.A.: rmitazh

Shlapentokh, V., Blinov, Andreev N. (editors) 1978. Sotsial nye Issledovaniia: Postroenie I Sravnenie Pokazatelei. Moscow: Nauka.  

Shlapentokh, V. et al. 1976. Tendentsii Razvitiia Kultury: Ikh izuchenie i Prognozirovanie Moscow : Informatsionnyi tsentr po problemam kultury i iskusstva.

Shlapentokh, V. 1976. Problemy Representativnosti Sotsiologicheskoi Informatsii. Moscow: Statistika.

Shlapentokh, V. 1975. Kak Segodnia Izuchaiut Zavtra. Moscow: Sovietskaia Rossia.

Shlapentokh, V. 1973 . Problemy Dostovernosti Statisticheskoi Informatsii v Sotsiologicheskikh Issledovaniakh. Moscow: Statistika

Shlapentokh, V. 1970. Sotsiologiia dlia Vsekh. Moscow: Sovetskaia Rossia.

Shlapentokh, V. et al. 1969. Chitatel i Gazeta : Itogi Izucheniia Chitatelskoi Auditorii Tsentralnykh Gazet. Vyp. 1, Chitateli "Truda".  Moscow: [s.n.]

Shlapentokh, V., ed. 1969a. Chitatel I Gazeta: Chitateli Truda. Moscow: Institut Konkretnykh Sotsial nykh Issledovanii.

Shlapentokh, V. 1969b. (ed. ) Sotsiologiia Pechati. Vols 1 and 2. Novosibirsk: Nauka.

Shlapentokh, V. 1968. O sootnoshenii obshchikh I individual nykh tselevykh funktsii. In Yu. Levada and B. Urlanis, eds., Kolichestvennyie Metody v Sotsial nykh Issledovaniakh. Moscow: Institute Konkretnykh Sotsial nykh Issledovani. (chapter)

Shlapentokh, V., ed 1968b. Chitatel I Gazeta: Chitateli Izvestii I Literaturnoi Gazety. Moscow. Institute Konkretnykh Sotsial nykh Issledovanii.

Shlapentokh, V. 1965. Nekotorye problemy politicheskoi konomii: nauchnye trudy; seriia konomicheskaia. Novosibirsk.

Shlapentokh V. 1958.  Kritika sovremennogo maltuzianstva.  Moscow: Izd-vo Moskovskogo Un-ta.


Recent Book Chapters: Top of Page

Big Money as an Obstacle to Democracy in Russia in Ronald J. Hill and Ottorino Cappelli (eds.) Putin and Putinism,2010, p. 41-59.

Soviet People in the Beginning of 60's: Reflections on the Book of Boris Grushin, in M. Anikina and V. Khrul (eds.) Discovering Grushin, Moscow: MGU, 2010 (in Russian).

The Changeable Soviet Image of America, in Brendon O. Connor (ed.) American Foreign Policy Traditions, London: Sage Publications, 2010, pp. 157- 171.

Russian civil society: elite versus mass attitudes toward democratization in Jose Ciprut (ed.) Democratization. Comparisons, Confrontations and Contrasts, Cambridge: MIT Press, 2008, pp.165-196.

George Orwell: Russia's Tocqueville, in George Orwell into the twentieth century, (Editors Thomas Cushman and John Rodden), Boulder: Paradigm Publishers, 2004.

Moscow's values: masses and the elite, in P. Kolst (ed.) Nation building and common values in Russia; Blakkisrud, Helge, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003, pp. 217-238.

I Knew What Thought the Readers of National Newspapers, in A. Volokov, M. Pugacheva and S. Iarmoliuk (eds.), Pressa v Obshchestve (1959-2000), Moscow: Moscow School of Political Research, 2000.

A Multi Layer Society in Contemporary Russia: Criminals and Oligarches as its Major Actors, in Ida Simpson and Richard Simpson (eds.), Deviance in the Workplace. Research in the Sociology of Work, V. 8, Stamford (CT): Jay Press, 1999.

Soviet society and American Sovietologists: a Study in Failure, in Michael Cox (ed.), Rethinking the Soviet Collapse. Sovietology, the Death of Communism and the New Russia, London: Cassel, 1998.

Russian citizenship: Behavior, Attitudes and Prospects for a Russian Democracy, in Orit Ichilov (ed.), Citizenship and Citizen education in a Changing World, London: Woburn Press, 1998, pp. 28-52.

Standard of living and public discontent, in Mikhael Ellman and Vladimir Kontorovich, The Destruction of the Soviet economic System, Armonk: Sharp, 1998, pp. 30-40.

The changing Russian view of the West: From admiration in the early 1990s to hostility in the late 1990s, in Tom Casier and Katlijn Malfliet (eds), Is Russia a European Power. The position of Russia in a new Europe, Louvain: Leuven University, 1998.

The West as a Main Problem for Present and Future Russia, in Russia and the West: Dialogues of Cultures, B. Gubman (ed.), Tver: Tver University, 1995, pp. 24-33 (in Russian).

Conflict of Values: American and Post-Communist Countries, in Vostochnaia Evropa: Politicheskii I Sotsialno Kulturnyhi Vybor (Eastern Europe: Political and Cultural Choice), Minsk: Institute of Sociology, Academy of Science of Belarussia, 1994 (in English).


Recent Articles: Top of Page

Rethinking Class in Russia, Contemporary Sociology, 2012.

Russias Openness to the World: The Unpredicted Consequences of the Country's Liberalization, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Fall, 2012.

Expediency Always Wins over Ideology: Putin's Attitudes toward the Russian Communist Party, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Spring 2011.

How is elitist Ayn Rand a tea party hero? The contradiction should concern America, Christian Science Monitor, October 14, 2010.

The Feudal Model and the Study of Modern Organizations, (co-author), International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior, 2010.

Is Putin's Regime Less Vulnerable than Monarchist Russia in 1916 or the Soviet Union in 1990? Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics Spring 2010.

Comparative Essay: George Gallup in Soviet Russia, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Summer 2009.

Aggressive Foreign Policy, an Instrument for the Legitimization of Putin's Regime. Georgia's Case,  The Cornell International Affairs Review: V. II,
Issue 2, 2009.

Felix Raskolnikov as Cultural Relic, International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(3), 2009.

Stalin in Russian Ideology and Public Opinion: Caught in a Conflict between Imperial and Liberal Elements, (co-author). Russian History, V. 36, No.2, May 2009.

Putin as a Flexible Politician. Does He Imitate Stalin? Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Spring 2008, 205-216.

Big Money as an Obstacle to Democracy in Russia. Journal of Communist Studies and Transitional Politics, Fall 2008, 512-530.

Stalin in Russian Ideology and Public Opinion: Caught in a Conflict between Imperial and Liberal Elements. (co-author). Russian History, Part 3, p. 35, nos. 3-4, 2008.

Terrorism Risk Perceptions and Proximity to Primary Terrorist Targets: How Close is Too Close? (co-author). Research in Human Ecology. 2007.

China in the Russian mind today: Ambivalence and defeatism. Russia's De-democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, No. 1, 2007.

Hatred of others: the Kremlin powerful but risky weapon, World Affairs, No 1, 2007.

How Putin's Russia embraces authoritarianism: The case of Yegor Gaidar, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, 40 (2007) 493-499.

The star time of Yurii Levada, Novoye Literaturnoie Obozrenie, No. 88, 2007.

Name dropping, Russian style, International Herald Tribune, October 5, 2007.

Grushin a sociologist created by God, http://polit.ru/analytics/2007/09/21/grushin.html September24, 2007.

The Trust in public institutions in Russia: the lowest in the world, Communist and Post Communist Studies, No.1, 2006.

In the memory of Aron Katseneliboygen, Ekonomilko-mathematicheskie Metody (Economic and mathematical methods), No. 1, 2006 (in Russian).

Today's Authoritarian Leaders Doomed to be Indicted When They Leave Office? The Russian and Other Post-Soviet Cases, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, No. 4, 2006.

Intoxicated by high oil prices: Political Dutch disease afflicting the Kremlin, Oil and Gas Journal, November 6, 2006.

The hushing up of the public names as an indicator of authoritarianism, http://www.conflictmanagement.ru/ (in Russian).

"Meanwhile: An epidemic of dogmatic thinking, The International Herald Tribune, February 24, 2005.

Two pictures of Putin's Russia: both wrong, World Policy Journal, Spring, 2005.

The Terrorist Basayev as a Major Political Actor in Russia The World Affairs No.1, 2005.

The short time horizon in the Russian mind, Communist and Post-Communist Studies No.1, 2005.

The Russians' Reaction to the Country's Demographic Decline, Johnson's Russia List, No. 8357, September 8, 2004.

Foreign perceptions of the USA after the terrorist attacks of 2001" (co-author), International Studies, No. 2, 2004, pp. 159-183.

The anti liberal perestroika, World and I (online), No. 4, 2004.

"Wealth versus political power: the Russian case," Communist and Post-Communist Studies, No. 2, 2004.

"Victor Perelman - independent publisher," Nezavisimaia Gazeta, March 25, 2004.

"Great pessimist," Nezavisimaia Gazeta, March 3, 2004 (in Russian).

"Shleifer-Treisman economic comparisons are wrong, Johnson's Russia List, No. 8091, February 28, 2004.

Hobbes and Locke at odds in Putin's Russia, Europa-Asia, No. 7, 2003, pp. 981-1007.

The threat of international terrorism and the image of the United States abroad (co-author), The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Winter 2003.

What the Russians are Thinking, The New York Times, August 18, 2003.

Russia's acquiescence to corruption makes the state machine inept," Commmunist and Post Communist Studies, Volume 36, Issue 2, June 2003, 151-161.

Putin: a pro western Ranger, Russian Journal, January 23, 2002.

Russian attitudes toward America: split between the ruling class and the masses, World Affairs,Summer 2001, No. 1.

Putin's first year in office, Communist and Post Communist Studies, No. 34, 2001, pp. 371-399.

Is the Greatness Syndrome Eroding, The Washington Quarterly, Winter 2002, pp.131-146.

The Soviet People in the 60s, Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mnenia, No. 4, 2001.

Soviet Leaders Look at Putin from Another Word, Vremia i my , No. 151, 2001, p.117-125.

Self-justification of Liberal Sociologists. Polemical comments, Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mnenia, No. 2, 2001.

An Old Guard analysis of Putin, The world and I, April 2001.

Rulers, Intellectuals and the Masses about America, Post-Europa Verkenningen, March 2001, p.63-72.

Putin's Uniqueness in Russian History, Obshchaia Gazeta, January 5, 2001.

Soviet People and Stalin's Regime, Vreamia i My , No. 149, 2000.

A normal system? False and True Explanation for the Collapse of the USSR, The Times Literary Supplement, No. 5098, December 15, 2000.

Fear in the Post Communist world, The International Journal of Public Opinion Research, V. 13, No. 1, 2000.

The Strange Transition of Power in Russia, Vremia i My, No. 148, 2000.

The World Revolution as a Geopolitical Instrument of the Soviet Leadership, Russian History, No. 3, Fall 1999.

A new Russian President Reflects on Foreign policy, World Affairs, No.2, 2000.

Russia and Monica Lewinski, Vremia i My, No.146, 2000.

The Soviet Union-a Normal Totalitarian Society: an Attempt of an Objective Analysis, Sotsiologicheskie Issledovania, No.2, 2000.

The Soviet Union -a Normal Totalitarian Society, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, V.15, No.4, December 1999.

Will Russia pass the Democratic test in 2000, Washington Quarterly, Summer 1999.

Playing Russian Roulette, Foreign Service Journal, January 1999, pp. 44-48.
Democracy minus equality, Vremia i My, No. 141, 1999, pp. 108-128.

Social Equality and Justice in Russia and America, Sotsiologicheskii Journal, No. 3-4, 1998.

Old, new and post liberal attitudes toward the West: from love to hate, Communist and Post Communist Studies, v. 31, no. 3, pp. 119-216, 1998.

The truth about Russia: A liberal society is not to be had in the near future, Post-Soviet prospects, V. VI, no. 4, September 1998.

Fear of the future in the modern world: a Russian case, International Journal of Comparative Sociology, no. 1998, pp. 161-176.

Four Russias, The Tocqueville Review, No. 1, 1998, v. XIX, pp. 9-34.

The Four faces of Mother Russia, Transition, no. 5, October 1997.

" 'Normal' Russia, Current History, no. 212, October 1997, pp. 331-336.

Bounjour stagnation: Russia's next years," Europe-ASIA Studies, v. 49, no. 5, 1997.

"Catastrophism on the eve of 2000: apocalyptic ideology between Russia's past and future," Demokratizatsia, no. 5, Winter 1997.

"How Russians Will See the Status of Their Country by the End of the Century," The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, no. 3, September 1997.

"Moscow Identity Crisis," Foreign Service, no. 4, April 1997.

Russia: Privatization and Illegalization of Social and Political Life in Russia, The Washington Quarterly, no. 19, 1996, pp. 65-85.

Russia After the Election, Transition, no. 4, 1996.

Contemporary Russia: The Best Parallel to It - Feudal Europe, Europe-Asia, Spring, 1996.

Russia, China and the Far East, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, vol. 3, 1995, pp. 307-318.

Russian Patience: A Reasonable Behavior and a Social Strategy, Archives Europeene de Sociologie (European Journal of Sociology), no. 2, 1995, pp. 247-280.

The Enfeebled Army: A Key Player in Moscow's Current Political Crisis, European Security, v. 4, no. 3, Autumn 1995, pp. 417-437.

Pre-Election Surveys in Russia in 1993: A Critical Analysis, Sociologicheskie Issledovania, no. 9, 1995, pp. 14-22.

Russian Election: Hatred of Ins Versus Fear of Outs, The Christian Science Monitor, 27 September 1995.

Focus on Moscow Crackdown on Chechnia, Foreign Service, April 1995, pp. 32-36.

Ob ischislenii seleestoimosti produkyii zhivotnovodstva. Sel_ skaya gazeta. 12 July 1957.


Book Reviews: Top of Page

Review of Larry K. Holmes. How Ordinary Russians Experience their Lives and World. Report of a Participant Observer(Lewinston, New York: The Edwin Mellon Press, 2008), Slavonica 16/1, Spring 2010, p. 59.

Review of Gy?rgy P?teri (ed.). Nylon Curtain: Transnational and Trans-Systemic Tendencies in the Cultural Life of State-Socialist Russia and East-Central Europe, Trondheim, Norway: Program on East European Cultures and Societies 2006, Journal of Cold War Studies, Winter (11:1), 2009.

Review of Gabor Ritterspon et al (eds). Die Spheren von Offiotlichkeit in die gesehglschat Sovietschier Typs Frankfurt: Peter Lange 2003, Journal of Cold War, Winter, 2006.

Review of Olga Grushin, The dream life of Sukhanov, in Nezavisimaia Gazeta, June 15, 2006.

Review of Andrei P. Tsyganov, Whose World Order? Russia's Perception of American Ideas after the Cold War, in The Russian Review, July 2005.

Bo Petersson, National Self-Images and Regional Identities in Russia, in Slavic Review, No. 4, 2002, Winter, pp. 874-875.

Barry Glassner, The Culture of Fear, in Contemporary Sociology, No.2, 2001.

B. R. Rubin and J. Snyder (eds.), Post-Soviet Political Order, in The Russian Review, October 1999.

D. Shalin (ed.), Russian Culture at the Cross roads in Slavic Review, No. 4, 1998, Winter, pp. 951-953.

Vladimir Bukovsky, Jugement a Moscou, in Russian History, 25, No. 3, Fall 1998.

Stephen Walt, Revolution and war and John Comaroff and Paul Stern (editors), New perspective on Nationalism and War, in Contemporary Sociology, July 1997, v. 26, no. 4.

Masha Gessen, Dead Again: The Russian Intelligentsia After Communism, in Transitions, number 6, 1997.

M. Sachs and J. Panhurst (eds.), Understanding Soviet Society, in Canadian-American Slavic Studies, Spring 1993.

A. Jones et al (ed.), Soviet Social Problems, Westview Press, 1992, in Contemporary Sociology, v. 22, no. 1, 1993


Director of National and International Conferences: Top of Page

The Fears and Hopes in Post Communist Society Entering the 21st Century: Intensity and Impact on Social Life, April, 2000, East Lansing, MI.

"The New Elite in the Post-Communist World" (international conference; co-director), November, 1994 East Lansing, MI and Washington, D.C.

"Russian minorities in the former Soviet Union" (international conference), May, 1992, Washington D.C. and East Lansing, MI.

"Soviet Future" (international conference), January 1990, Washington, D.C.

"State Organized Terror" (international conference; co-director), November 1988, East Lansing, MI.

"Private Life in the USSR" (national conference), May 1988, East Lansing, MI.

"Mass Media in the Period of Glasnost" (national conference), May 1987, East Lansing, MI.

"The 50th Anniversary of the Great Terror" (national conference), May 1986, East Lansing, MI.

"The 50th Anniversary of the Stakhanov Movement" (national conference), May 1985, East Lansing, MI.