Paul R. Gregory

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Biography: 

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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Medvedev Can Restore Russian Democracy with Four Orders

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Russia has been downgraded by Freedom House from “partially free” to “unfree” with good reason: regional and municipal officials are no longer elected, but appointed by the Kremlin...

Medvedev Can Restore Russian Democracy with Four Orders

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Russia has been downgraded by Freedom House from “partially free” to “unfree” with good reason: regional and municipal officials are no longer elected, but appointed by the Kremlin.

Medvedev should fire Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 24, 2011

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin posted this statement on his official website on March 21:

Analysis and Commentary

Medvedev should fire Putin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Daily Caller (DC)
Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin posted this statement on his official website on March 21...

Egypt's Chances for Democracy: the Freedom House Rankings

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire in Eastern Europe created a real-world laboratory for spawning democracy. U.S. and Western advisors were sent to these countries to explain how to create electoral democracies.

Analysis and Commentary

Egypt’s Chances for Democracy: The Freedom House Rankings

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Monday, March 21, 2011

The collapse of the Soviet Union and its empire in Eastern Europe created a real-world laboratory for spawning democracy...

Analysis and Commentary

Qadaffi’s “Cease Fire:” What Would Stalin Do?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Friday, March 18, 2011

Republicans sometimes ask: “What would Reagan do? Christians ask: “What would Christ have done in this situation.” Dictators like Qadaffi, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Il Sung could ask the same question of their patron saint: Josif Stalin...

Qadaffi’s “Cease Fire:” What Would Stalin Do?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, March 18, 2011

Republicans sometimes ask: “What would Reagan do? Christians ask: “What would Christ have done in this situation.” Dictators like Qadaffi, Saddam Hussein, and Kim Il Sung could ask the same question of their patron saint: Josif Stalin.

Analysis and Commentary

Is the Press Causing More Damage than the Japanese Nuclear Accident Itself?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Thursday, March 17, 2011

The current hysterical press and TV reports are indeed creating a “mental health impact” as large as or larger than that of Chernobyl...

Putin Takes an Electoral Shellacking and No One Notices

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, March 17, 2011

Russia’s regional and municipal elections on Sunday resulted in a shellacking of Putin’s United Russia that few noticed. Putin’s United Russia failed to achieve majorities in seven of the twelve regional elections.

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