Regina Smyth is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University.  She received her PhD from Duke University in 1997.  Her primary research interest is in the dynamics of state-society relations in transitional and electoral authoritarian regimes. She has also has written extensively on post-Soviet political development in the Russian Federation.  Her research, largely based on original data collection and analysis, has been funded by the National Science Foundation, International Research and Exchanges Board, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, the National Security Education Program, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and the Russian and East European Center, Ostrom Workshop, Department of Political Science, and College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University.  At IU she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on comparative politics, protest movements, and Russian politics.