Dr Sam Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King`s College London and a Reader in Russian politics. Prior to moving to London in 2012, he lived and worked in Moscow for 13 years, most recently as director of the Centre for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School, and as deputy director of the Carnegie Moscow Center. His book,Moscow in Movement: Power & Opposition in Putin`s Russia, was published in August 2014 by Stanford University Press. He holds a PhD in political Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sam's work focuses on the relationships of power in contemporary Russia, including social movements, conflict, elite-mass relations and elite strategies. Broadly, he seeks to employ a variety of qualitative approaches from political science and political sociology to uncover Russians’ evolving understanding of their state, their identity as citizens and the meaning of their political community. He is also interested in bounded comparisons involving similar questions in other authoritarian contexts.
Sam's current book project, Russia in Movement: Power and Opposition in Putin’s Russia, explores the fitful emergence of social movements in Russia, beginning in 2004 and running through the election protests of 2011 and 2012, and argues that the deinstitutionalization of power – and not the lack of trust or social capital – has been the primary obstacle to the emergence of ‘civil society’ in post-Soviet Russia. Other work has focused on patterns of elite cooperation and conflict in a deinstitutionalized political system, and on shifting conceptions of a Russian social contract in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.
In addition, Sam has a particular interest in online social media, both as a factor in social mobilization and political mediation, and as a venue for conducting new kinds of research. To this end, he is a non-resident fellow at the Center for the Study of New Media & Society at the New Economic School in Moscow.