Rudra Sil is Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of the Huntsman Program in International Studies & Business. He joined the department in 1996, held the Janice & Julian Bers Chair in the Social Sciences from 2000 to 2003, and received awards for distinguished teaching in 2001 and 2011. His teaching and research interests encompass Russian and post-communist studies, Asian studies, comparative labor politics, theories of development and institutional change, qualitative comparative methods, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He is author of Managing “Modernity”: Work, Community, and Authority in Late-Industrializing Japan and Russia (University of Michigan Press, 2002) and coauthor, with Peter Katzenstein, of Beyond Paradigms: Analytic Eclecticism in the Study of World Politics (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2010). His articles have appeared in such journals as Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Post-Soviet Affairs. He is also author of more than a dozen book chapters and has coedited several anthologies, including The Politics of Labor in a Global Age (Oxford University Press, 2001); World Order After Leninism (University of Washington Press, 2006) and Reconfiguring Institutions Across Time and Space (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2007). Professor Sil is currently working on a new book - tentatively titled Pathways of the Postcommunist Proletariat - that analyzes the evolution of labor politics in Russia, with comparisons to Poland, the Czech Republic, China and Vietnam.