Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe and adjunct professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy. Polyakova’s recent book, “The Dark Side of European Integration” (ibidem-Verlag and Columbia University Press, 2015) examines the rise of far-right political parties in Western and Eastern Europe. She has also written extensively on Russian political warfare, Ukraine, and trans-Atlantic relations.
Prior to joining Brookings, she served as director of research and senior fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Swiss National Science Foundation senior research fellow. Polyakova’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, as well as a number of academic journals and media outlets. She has also been a fellow at the Fulbright Foundation, Eurasia Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), and a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Bern.
Polyakova holds a doctorate and master’s in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s in economics and sociology with highest honors from Emory University. She speaks Russian and German.
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- European Union
- Russia & Eurasia
- Foreign Policy
- Center on the United States and Europe
- Brookings-Robert Bosch Foundation Transatlantic Initiative
- Additional Expertise Areas
- EU-U.S. relations
- Europe-Russia relations
- Current Position
- Adjunct Professor, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
- Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
- M.A., University of California, Berkeley
- B.A., Emory University