The University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Regine A. Spector

Professional Title: 

Associate Professor of Political Science


Thompson 516


Office Hours: 

On Leave for 2018-2019


Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley


I seek to better understand the creative, contentious, and politically fraught processes that undergird the creation of new market economies and new markets more generally.  My first book, Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia, is available with Cornell University Press (2017) and examines the bottom-up creation and institutionalization of local marketplace orders in Kyrgyzstan. Among other topics, I have also published articles on the politically contested future of bazaars in Almaty, Kazakhstan and the recomposition of apparel manufacturing in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in Review of International Political Economy, Polity, Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, and Central Asian Survey. My research engages with literature in comparative politics, political economy, post-Soviet studies and when relevant history, geography, and anthropology. Over the years, I have received numerous grants, including a NCEEER national research grant, a Title-VIII funded dissertation field research grant ,and a research grant from UMass Amherst’s School of Behavioral Sciences. I teach undergraduate courses in comparative political economy, energy politics, and Central Asian politics. At the graduate level, I teach political economy of development. 

Area of Study: 

  • Comparative politics

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Political Science