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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Analysis and Commentary

Why Historians Must Use Wikileaks To Write The History Of The 2016 Election

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wikileaks is playing a prominent, if under reported, role, in the 2016 American presidential election. Few understand the importance of Wikileaks in the eventual writing of the history of presidential politics.

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The Walking Dead

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 21, 2016

Continually revived by unprincipled—or ignorant—US politicians, socialism is a zombie idea. 

Analysis and Commentary

Americans Have Lost Trust In Government For Good Reason

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Real Clear Policy
Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Trump’s “The system is rigged” resonates because it reflects what ordinary people think. According to Gallup, only three institutions — the military, small business, and the police — are trusted by more than half. 

Analysis and Commentary

Clinton’s E-mails: The Gift That Keeps On Giving To Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia National Review
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An openly corrupt and weakened President Clinton may be exactly what Putin wants.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Lets Putin Get Away With Anything Except Attacking Democrats

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, October 9, 2016

Here is what the Democratic establishment seems to think: This time Vladimir Putin has gone too far. He has dared to publish secrets from the Democratic Party’s inner sanctum that are designed to put a Republican in the White House. Judging from the administration’s swift reaction, Obama thinks that Putin’s affront is worse than all others. It cannot go unrecognized and unpunished.

Analysis and Commentary

Wikileaks Fails To Deliver An October Surprise As Hillary Says To Worry About Putin's Meddling

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wikileaks’ Julian Assange’s  failure to release damaging material today from Hillary Clinton’s emails dashed hopes of a significant October Surprise from hacks of  her “private” email cache that she subsequently wiped clean.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Putin Will Never Accept Blame Even Though Russia's Downing Of MH17 Was By Mistake

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Dutch-led investigation representing five countries announced on Wednesday July 28 its conclusion that MH17 was downed by a Russian missile launched “without any doubt” from a field in rebel occupied territory. The Commission finds that the Russian BUK missile system crossed into Ukraine on a tug from Russia the morning of the attack and traveled to the field from which the fatal missile was launched.

Analysis and Commentary

Putin Puts An End To Electoral Politics In Russia

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Sunday September 18 election for the Russian parliament has given Vladimir Putin another pro-Putin parliament (Duma) to routinely rubber-stamp his most ludicrous and repressive legislation.

Analysis and Commentary

An Open Letter To Donald Trump Regarding His Fondness For Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, September 16, 2016

Dear Mr. Trump: As someone who has studied Russia for a half century, I’d like to respond to each of the five main points concerning Vladimir Putin and Russia you made at NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum“ on September 7.

Hillary Delivers Self-Inflicted Wound with “Deplorables” Comment

by Paul R. Gregory
Saturday, September 10, 2016

Many observers believe that Mitt Romney’s off-hand remark that the 47 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes will be automatic Obama votes cost him the 2012 election. Clinton’s intemperate comment insults the 40 percent of Americans who, through their support of Trump, could be in the half that fall in Clinton’s “deplorable basket.”