Book Project Ethnic War and Peace in Post-Soviet Eurasia – answers why some Soviet successor states experienced secessionist violence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I use structured comparison to detail social-political histories of Russia, Moldova, and Ukraine and fuzzy sets to assess twenty-one explanations of secessionist violence across the full range of former Soviet cases. I find that the relative coherence between the ethnic group dominating the state and an ethnic minority opposition immediately after the collapse of Soviet power determined the state’s ability to establish stability and a minority group’s ability to violently secede.
Publications Feinstein, S. and Pirro, E. B (2019). “Russia since Trump: Testing the New World Order”. 2018 European Studies Conference Proceedings.
Book Chapters: Feinstein, S. and Pirro, E. B. (2019). “Realpolitik: U.S.-Russian Relations and the Emerging Political Order” U.S. Foreign Policy Under Trump. Eds. Richard Mansbach and Jim McCormick. Rutledge.
D’Errico, N. and Feinstein, S. 2011. “Kenyan Immigrants.” Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans. Edited by Ronald H. Bayor. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. Named a "Best Reference" by the American Library Association's magazine Booklist.
Review Essays: Feinstein, S. 2019. “Book Review: When Informal Institutions Change Institutional Reforms and Informal Practices in the Former Soviet Union by Huseyn Aliyev (2017) University of Michigan Press.” Perspectives on Politics.
Feinstein, S. 2014. "Book Review: Russian Politics: The Paradox of a Weak State by Marie Mendras (2012) Columbia University Press." The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review. 41(1) 85-89
Under Review Politics: “Politics of Secession and Stability: Inter-Ethnic Dynamics in post-Soviet Eurasia”
“The Breakdown of Authoritarian Regimes: Economic Growth Models.”
"The Violent Thaw of Frozen Conflicts: Why Separatist Movements in Former-Soviet States Return to Violent Conflict after Periods of Peace."
Feinstein, S. and Pirro, E. “Russian Tests: Stepping into the New World Order.”
Feinstein, S. and Poleacovschi, C. “Refugee Empowerment and Social Capital: A Case Study of a Refugee Camp in Greece.”
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Poleacovschi, C., Faust, K., Roy, A., and Feinstein, S.) “Sustaining the gender gap: evidence on the gendered nature of engineering expertise (Revised and Resubmitted).