Professor Shvetsova's research focuses on determinants of political strategy in the political process. Broadly stated, these include political institutions that define the “rules of the game” and societal characteristics that shape goals and opportunities of the participant players. Her work belongs in the fields of constitutional political economy and institutional design. She published in The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Democracy, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Law and Society Review, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Constitutional Political Economy, and other peer-reviewed journals. She also published a number of chapters in edited volumes and a book Designing Federalism, co-authored with Mikhail Filippov and Peter Ordeshook (2004, Cambridge University Press. 384 pp.).
Professor Shvetsova teaches courses on Comparative Government, Political Parties, Democratic Institutional Design, Russian and Post-Soviet Politics, as well as Game Theory, Comparative Constitutions, and Formal Comparative Politics.