Office of the Provost

Vice Provost, Office of Global Affairs 2009

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that Stephen E. Hanson, Herbert J. Ellison Professor of Political Science, has accepted the position of vice provost, UW Office of Global Affairs, effective January 5, 2009.  I would like to thank the advisory search committee, chaired by Dean Patricia Wahl, for leading a very successful search.

The Office of Global Affairs is tasked to bring leadership, strategic coordination, and innovation to the global dimension of the UW’s mission.
Building on over a century of global engagement in education and research, OGA seeks to bring ever greater international engagement to the UW, reflecting the realities of the 21st century integrated world. Under Steve’s leadership, I am confident that the Office of Global Affairs will make invaluable contributions to the University as a whole.

Professor Hanson received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. He has served from 2000-2008 as the Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies. He has also served since 2001 on the Executive Committee of the Program on New Approaches to Russian Security (PONARS).

Among his publications are Time and Revolution: Marxism and the Design of Soviet Institutions (1997), which received the 1998 Wayne S. Vucinich book award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies; Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (co-author, 2001); and Capitalism and Democracy in Eastern and Central Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule (co-editor, 2003).  His articles analyzing postcommunist Russia in comparative perspective have appeared in numerous journals.  He has recently completed a new book manuscript entitled Post-Imperial Democracies: Ideology and Party Formation in Third Republic France, Weimar Germany, and Post-Soviet Russia, which has been accepted for publication by Cambridge University Press.

Hanson won the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004 and the UW’s outstanding undergraduate mentor award in 2005. He has taught as a Visiting Associate Professor of Government at Harvard University and has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard and at Oxford University, as well as a research scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C. He has received grant support from the Social Science Research Council, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation.

Please join me in welcoming Steve to this important role. We invite you to work with him and his OGA staff as we seek to enrich and strengthen the University of Washington’s global education and research.


Phyllis M. Wise
Provost and Executive Vice President