Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Foreign Policy program’s Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution and adjunct professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She specializes in Russian foreign policy, European populism, and U.S.-Russia-Europe relations. 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. Polyakova is a frequent contributor to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and commentator in major media outlets including Fox News, BBC, and Bloomberg.

Previously, she served as director of research and senior fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council, professor of sociology at the University of Bern, and Fulbright Fellow. She serves on the board of the Free Russian Foundation and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has also held numerous fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Science Foundation, and the Swiss National Science Foundation.

Polyakova holds a doctorate 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.

Council on Foreign Relations, term member
DisinfoPortal, co-founder
Free Russia Foundation, board member
Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, adjunct professor

202.797.6495 — Research Assistant
202.797.6103 — Foreign Policy Program
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
U.S.-Russia relations
Past Positions
Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council
Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, University of Bern
National Science Foundation Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Berkeley
B.A., Emory University