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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Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Mueller report confirms the Steele dossier belongs in the dustbin of history."

Analysis and Commentary

Mueller Report Confirms The Steele Dossier Belongs In The Dustbin Of History

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

The Trump dossier — compiled by Christopher Steele, commissioned by Fusion GPS and paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee — has tied up U.S. politics for more than two years with its accusation that an elected U.S. president colluded with Russia.

In the News

Markets Versus Socialism

quoting Paul R. Gregoryvia White House
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Paul Gregory's academic contributions were featured in Chapter 8, “Markets versus Socialism,” of the 2019 Economic Report of the President. "We found your research to be insightful and critical to the completion of our Report."

In the News

"Women Of The Gulag" Goes Home To Russian TV (Part 1)

featuring Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
"Women of the Gulag" goes home to Russian TV.
Analysis and Commentary

For Kim, His Regime 'Ain't Broke' — So Why Fix It?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Friday, March 1, 2019

The agreement that President Donald Trump is offering Kim Jong Un carries uncertain rewards and considerable risk for Kim. Trump’s offer is based on the false assumption that Kim wants a prosperous country from which he and the people of North Korea can benefit.

Analysis and Commentary

Merkel Salvages Nord Stream, But Is Putin Losing Russia's Gas Monopoly?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, February 11, 2019

The European Union took a first step with its February 8 vote towards turning Russia’s gas monopoly, Gazprom, from an instrument of Russian power politics into a regulated utility, deprived of its monopoly power. In an odd twist, Germany, the self-proclaimed guardian of European unity, found itself politically isolated from the rest of Europe, which sided with U.S. President Donald Trump. A bitter pill for Germany to swallow.


Progressives Pulling A Bait-And-Switch With 'Medicare For All'

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, February 3, 2019

Politicians are known to misrepresent themselves to get elected, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is supposed to be an exception. It is said that he has remained true to his socialist convictions through thick and thin. Surely, such a dedicated socialist can truthfully explain what socialism is.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Stalin Gets Another Hollywood Pass

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 1, 2019

A film on the Gulag receives an Oscar snub.


Oscar Contender Women Of The Gulag Meets Its First Troll – A Gulag Denier

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Sunday, January 6, 2019

Our documentary film, Women of the Gulag, made the Academy’s short-list of ten documentary films contending for a place in the final five. That Russian-American director, Marianna Yarovskaya, is the first Russian documentary film maker in the history of the Russian Federation to make it so far in Oscar competition has attracted considerable attention in Russian media, especially its liberal sites. It did not take long however before it caught the attention of Russian Gulag deniers. 

Hoover-based film documentary under Oscar consideration

by Paul R. Gregory
Thursday, December 20, 2018

Women of the Gulag, a new film documentary based on Hoover Institution scholar Paul Gregory’s book by that name, is among the ten films on the Oscar awards’ short list for “documentary (short subject).” The film is directed by Russian-American film maker Marianna Yarovskaya of Mayfilms and produced by her and Gregory.