Oxana Kharitonova

Kharitonova Oxana

Dr. Oxana Kharitonova joined the School of Political Science at MGIMO University as a PhD student in 1991. Since 1995 she has taught at the Department of Comparative Politics where currently holds the post of Associate Professor. She speaks English and German.


  • 1995 — PhD in Political Science
  • Thesis titled «Political transformation of the USSR: democratization of the political system during perestroika» (advisor — prof. Dmiti V. Olshanski)
  • 1991–1994 — Post-graduate student, Department of Political Science, MGIMO
  • M.A.Global Development and Social Justice (St. John’s University)

Research interests

  • comparative politics and government
  • political regimes and political regime changes
  • democratization
  • political institutions

Recent research projects supported by the Russian Foundation for Humanities (RFH):

  • 2016–2018 — Political Regimes for Divided Societies under Conditions of Globalization (currently involved as Head of a research team)

Selected publications

  • Kharitonova O.G. METHODOLOGICAL PROBLEMS OF STUDYING THE POST-SOVIET REGIME CHANGES in Eurasian States Socio-Economic and Political Processes. New Delhi, 2017. P. 31-48. (in English)
  • Kharitonova O.G. Semi-presidentialism: Russian style in World Focus. 2017. №1 (445). P. 56-64. (in English)
  • Kharitonova O.G. Ethnic wars and post-conflict democracy in Politicheskaya Nauka (Political Science (RU), 2016, N 1. P. 9-24. (in Russian)
  • Kharitonova O.G. Religion and Democracy, The usefulness of the Catholic experience in Islam v sovremennom mire (Islam in the modern world), 2016. Vol. 12. N.1, P. 163-178. (in Russian)
  • Kharitonova O.G. What do we know about coup d’etat as a regime changing mode in Politicheskaya Nauka (Political Science (RU), 2015. N 2. P. 191-211 (in Russian)
  • Kharitonova O.G. Post-Soviet Constitutions. Do only institutions matter? In Politicheskaya Nauka (Political Science (RU), 2014, N. 1, p. 69-93. (in Russian)
  • Kharitonova O.G. Color revolutions in the context of democratization theories. In Politicheskaya Nauka (Political Science (RU), 2014, N. 3, p. 184-210 (in Russian)
  • Kharitonova O.G. POST-SOVIET POLITICAL REGIMES AND INSTITUTIONS in Eurasian politics Ideas, institutions and External relations. New Delhi, 2013. P. 39-58.

Membership of professional bodies:

  • Russian Political Science Association (RPSA)
  • Russian International Studies Association (RISA)
  • International Political Science Association (IPSA)
  • European International Science Association (EISA)

Courses taught:

  • Comparative Politics (undergraduate level)
  • Presidential and parliamentary systems (undergraduate level)
  • Techniques and «technologies» of power: political regimes and regime changes (undergraduate level)
  • Introduction into statistical analysis (undergraduate level)
  • Expert analysis of political processes (graduate level)

Comparative Politics

Introduction to Political Science