RICHARD SAKWA University of Kent

Richard Sakwa joined the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Kent in
1987 and was promoted to a professorship in 1996, then became head of the School between 2001
and 2007. In 2010 he once again took over as head of the School until 2014. While completing his
doctorate on the politics of Moscow during the Civil War (1918-21) he spent a year on a British
Council scholarship at Moscow State University (1979-80), and then worked for two years in Moscow
in the ‘Mir’ Science and Technology Publishing House.
Before moving to Kent Sakwa lectured at the University of Essex and the University of California,
Santa Cruz. He is an Associate Fellow of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of
International Affairs, Chatham House; Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian,
European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham; and since September 2002
a member of Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences.