Paul R. Gregory

Research Fellow

Paul Gregory is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is Cullen Professor Emeritus in the Department of Economics at the University of Houston, a research fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin, and emeritus chair of the International Advisory Board of the Kiev School of Economics. Gregory has held visiting teaching appointments at Moscow State University and the Free University of Berlin.

Gregory was the director of the Russian Petroleum Legislation Project of the University of Houston Law Center from 1992 to 1997 and has written broadly on Russian energy.

The holder of a PhD in economics from Harvard University, he is the author or coauthor of twelve books and more than one hundred articles on economic history, the Soviet economy, transition economies, comparative economics, and economic demography. His most recent books are Women of the Gulag: Portraits of Five Remarkable Lives (Hoover Institution Press, 2013), Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina (Hoover Institution Press, 2010), Lenin’s Brain and Other Tales from the Secret Soviet Archives (Hoover Institution Press, 2008), Terror by Quota (Yale, 2009), and The Political Economy of Stalinism (Cambridge, 2004), for which he received the Hewett Prize, awarded to works on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia, or Eastern Europe. He co-edited The Lost Transcripts of the Politburo (Yale, 2008). His archival work is summarized in “Allocation under Dictatorship: Research in Stalin’s Archive” (Journal of Economic Literature.) As a producer, Gregory worked with director Marianna Yarovskaya on the documentary film Women of the Gulag, which was short-listed for the 2019 Academy Awards.

Gregory blogs for Defining Ideas and The Hill and tweets at #PaulR_Gregory.

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Antifa Scorns College Diversity

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

The Antifa Handbook shows that universities can never satisfy Antifa's 'revolutionary' goals.

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David Satter's Russia

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 2, 2020

A review of 'Never Speak to Strangers and Other Writing from Russia and the Soviet Union'


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Putin's best-laid plans for lifetime rule."


Putin's Best-laid Plans For Lifetime Rule

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Friday, June 26, 2020
Vladimir Putin cannot afford to be an ex-president. Any successor will blame him for all that is wrong in Russia. There would be a mad dash to recoup (divide) his billions stashed offshore. He might even face international courts on charges of state murder.
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Russia Claims It Will Have A Covid-19 Vaccine In Production By September

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, June 22, 2020

According to TASS, a spokesperson for a Russian state medical institute (Gamalei Institute) claims that they will have a coronavirus vaccine ready for production in September. The Institute is working together with a medical lab of the defense department. Clinical trials have been underway starting in June and will be completed by August at which time the vaccine will be registered with the appropriate authorities. The vaccine will be ready for use before the end of 2020.

Police Unions Sue Leftist Newspaper For Hate Speech --In Germany

by Paul R. Gregory
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

TAZ is a leftist German newspaper born in radical leftist cells in the 1960s. TAZ is published in German and in English; its paywall is virtually impenetrable. Its articles are “in your face,” designed to provoke and anger the reader. TAZ stirred up a hornets’ nest with its June 15 article: “Getting rid of the police – All Cops are Berufsunfaehig (unsuited to any job).” After considering alternative employment opportunities for former cops, TAZ concludes they should be deposited in the nearest garbage dump.


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "The NYT and the Cotton op-ed: Opinion or party line?"

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The NYT And The Cotton Op-Ed: Opinion Or Party Line?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, June 14, 2020

Sometimes it takes an outsider to see things clearly.

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Coronavirus Slowdown In Europe Complicates Clinical Trials

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, June 12, 2020
The decline in daily new COVID-19 infections to single and double digits in Europe is leading to new complications. Switzerland’s NZZ (Neue Zurcher Zeiting) reports that the slowdown in COVID-19 infections in Germany, Switzerland and neighboring countries is complicating the testing for effective drugs and therapeutic approaches.
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China Praises Itself And Xi For Its Handling Of Coronavirus

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, June 8, 2020

The CCP under Xi Jinping legitimizes its dictatorship with claims of flawless “scientific” management. China has no elections, only meticulously orchestrated party and state extravaganzas. Beijing cannot allow reports of mistakes, mismanagement, or deceptions to stand.