Faculty Experts - Mark L. Schrad, PhD

Mark L. Schrad, PhD

Mark L. Schrad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Area of Expertise:

  • Russian Politics
  • Foreign Policy
  • International Law
  • International Organizations
  • Politics and foreign policy of the former Soviet states

Summary

Dr. Schrad offers an authoritative voice on a multitude of Eastern European and Russian-related topics, including the role of alcohol, specifically vodka, in Russian politics.  His understanding of how Russia’s rulers used alcohol to solidify their autocratic rule offers a scrutinizing view of vodka’s devastating impact on the lives of Russians and the history of the country itself. Dr. Schrad can also speak to modern-day Russian issues, including the current government’s anti-gay stance and its handling of terrorism.

Education

  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.A., Russia and East European Studies, Georgetown University  
  • B.A., Political Science; Russian/East European Studies; Russian language; European Studies, University of Northern Iowa

Selected Publications

  • Vodka Politics: Autocracy and Alcohol in Russia, New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave, New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • "Can Policy Overcome Tradition? Evaluating the Effectiveness of Russia’s Ongoing Anti-Alcohol Campaign,” World Medical & Health Policy (Special issue: alcohol and public policy). Vol. 6, No. 1 Forthcoming, March 2014.
  • “Evaluating Policy Effectiveness in Historical Context: Pre-Prohibition Alcohol-Control Studies Revisited,” World Medical & Health Policy (Special issue: alcohol and public policy). Vol. 6, No. 1 Forthcoming, March 2014.
  •  “In Defense of the Populist Lecture,” PS: Political Science and Politics. Vo. 43, No. 4, October 2010, pp. 759-765.
  •  “The First Social Policy: Alcohol Control and Modernity in Policy Studies,” Journal of Policy History, Vol. 19, No. 4, Fall 2007, pp. 428-451.

Selected Professional Experience

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison