Colin Johnson

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

Colin Johnson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Russian, East European Studies, and Eurasian Studies (REEES) with a teaching position within the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Brown University in July 2017. His research is at the intersection of the international migration and development, but also includes human security, political demography, and ethnic conflict. His geographic specialization is Russia and post-communist Eurasia, though he is interested in the aforementioned issues in hybrid regimes worldwide. He is a curriculum developer for the interdisciplinary NEH grant project, Water in Central Asia, at the University of Pittsburgh.


PS 1538 – Politics of Oil and Natural Resources
PS 1536 – Human Security
PS 1512 – International Migration in the 21st Century
Capstone Seminar for REEES Certificate

Representative Publications

“Perspectives on Migration Theory – Sociology and Political Science,” (with Michael J. White) in Michael J. White (ed.), International Handbook of Migration and Population Distribution (Springer Publishing, 2016).

Working Papers:

“Defying the Unitary State: Variation in Regional Migration Policies in Russia”.

“The Wrong Islam: Ethnic Identity and Marginalization of Labor Migrants in Tatarstan”.


Research Interests:

Migration politics, politics of post-communist Eurasia, development, human security, ethnic conflict.



Research Interests

Migration politics
Politics of post-communist Eurasia
Human security
Ethnic conflict.