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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Recent Commentary

Russian Agriculture: The Story No One is Telling

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Drought will cut Russia’s grain harvest by one quarter. Vladimir Putin, in a burst of populism, bans the export of grain. Grain futures rise in world markets.

Analysis and Commentary

The Treasure Trove of the Soviet Archives

by Paul R. Gregoryvia History News Network
Monday, July 19, 2010

The Soviet state and party archives, which began to be released for scholarly use in the early 1990s, offer a rare opportunity to write history using the very words of those who made history...

Martyred for Communism

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 2, 2010

Nikolai Bukharin, a victim of Stalin’s show trials, believed that he and the Soviet revolution would one day be vindicated. But the future discarded them both. By Paul R. Gregory.

Chiang Chooses His Enemies

Chiang Chooses His Enemies

by Paul R. Gregory, Hsiao-ting Lin, Lisa Nguyenvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chiang Kai-shek’s Shanghai purge did more than intensify the Chinese civil war. It hastened the final clash between Trotsky and Stalin. Three perspectives on the story. By Paul R. Gregory, Hsiao-ting Lin, and Lisa Nguyen.

How China Won and Russia Lost

by Paul R. Gregory, Kate Zhouvia Policy Review
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Two dissimilar economic paths

In the News

Did Stalin Poison Lenin?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, June 15, 2009

In the Hoover Institution Archives’s Volkogonov microfilm collection, there is a remarkable document dated March 23, 1923 from Joseph Stalin to the Politburo...

In the News

Lessons from History: The Twentieth Anniversary of the Soviet Withdrawal From Afghanistan

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979...

Analysis and Commentary

Peddling Stalin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Moscow Times
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Russian and foreign scholars took on Stalin at the International Conference on Stalinism held last month in Moscow...

Who’s in charge, Vladimir Putin or Dmitry Medvedev? By Paul Gregory

Moscow’s Leading Question

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Who’s in charge, Vladimir Putin or Dmitry Medvedev? There is no simple answer. By Paul R. Gregory.

Analysis and Commentary

Lessons for North Korea?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Washington Times
Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Soviet Union did not change and failed; China changed with remarkable success...