Dr. Erica Marat

Associate Professor


Dr. Erica Marat is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Regional and Analytical Studies Department. She has previously directed Homeland Defense Fellowship Program at CISA.

Dr. Marat’s research focuses on violence, mobilization and security institutions in Eurasia, India, and Mexico. She has authored three books, including most recently The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Post-Soviet Countries (Oxford University Press 2018). Her articles appeared in Foreign Affairs, Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Eurasanet, and Open Democracy.

Dr. Marat is currently focused on completing a book on mobilization against violence in India and Mexico. She is also engaged in a research project on China’s and Russia’s provision of public services for illiberal governances in 15 countries across five continents. The projects are funded by the Minerva DECUR grant.

At CISA, Dr. Marat teaches courses on policy analysis and critical thinking, politics and security in Eurasia, and terrorism & crime. Before joining NDU, Dr. Marat was a visiting scholar at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center. She has also worked as an editor at the Russian Service at Voice of America and as a research fellow at the Central Asian – South Caucasus Institute at the John Hopkins University and Uppsala University. 

Recent Publications (selected):

  • The Politics of Police Reform: Society against the State in Former Soviet Countries, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • “Technological Solutions for Complex Problems: Emerging Electronic Surveillance Regimes in Eurasian Cities”, Europe-Asia Studies, under review.
  • "Transformative Violence and Mobilization in India and Mexico", Comparative Political Studies, under review.
  • “Mimicking ‘Broken Windows’ Policing in Post-Soviet Cities: Expanding Social Control in Uncertain Times”, Journal of Policing & Society, March 2018, pp. 1-17.
  • “Post-Violence Regime Survival and Expansion in Kazakhstan and Tajikistan”, Central Asian Survey, 35(4), December 2016, pp. 531-548.
  • “Police Reform in Post-communist States: International Efforts, Domestic Heroes”, Comparative Politics, 48(3) April 2016, pp. 333-352.
  • “’ We Disputed Every Word’: How Kyrgyzstan’s Moderates Tame Ethnic Nationalism”, Nations and Nationalism, 22(2) April 2016, 205-324.
  • “Awakening a New Generation of Activists in Eurasia”, Open Democracy, September 5, 2019.
  • “Chinese Artificial Intelligence Projects Expand in Eurasian Cities”, PONARS Policy Memo 540, September 2018.
  • “Uzbekistan after Karimov”, Foreign Affairs, September 7, 2016.