Jim Butterfield, PhD
Department of Political Science
Mail Stop 5346
1903 W Michigan Ave
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
PSCI 1050 Critical Thinking About Politics
PSCI 2500 International Relations
PSCI 3440 Russian and Central Asian Politics
PSCI 3500 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 3510 Terrorism and Political Violence
PSCI 6400 Democratization and Institutional Design
PSCI 6400 Civil Society and Social Movements
My research interests are in the areas of civil society, transitions, communism, and post-communist systems. I have generally focused on the former Soviet Union, particularly Russia and Central Asia, and on South Africa. I have solo or co-authored articles published in journals such as Comparative Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, the Journal of Information Technology and Politics, Vestnik obschchestennogo mneniia (in Russia), Middle Eastern Critique, Comparative Economic Studies, Nationalities Papers, and the Journal of Peasant Studies, in addition to book chapters, an edited volume, and conference proceedings in Kazakhstan and Ukraine.
Visiting Lecturer, South-Central Minzu University, Faculty of Public Administration, Wuhan China, April 2017.
Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Faculty of International Relations, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam, September 2016-January 2017.
Visiting Faculty, Kazakh Agro-Technical University, Astana, Kazakhstan, May 2013.
Visiting Fulbright Scholar, Department of Political Science, Saratov State University, Saratov, Russia, September 2009-April 2010.
Visiting Associate, Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2002-2003 and 2004.