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Lincoln Mitchell

Associate Adjunct Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University

Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in New York City and San Francisco. Lincoln works on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Lincoln writes and speaks about US politics as well, and was the national political correspondent for The New York Observer from 2014-2016. Lincoln was on the faculty of Columbia University's School of International Affairs from 2006-2013. He retains an affiliation with Columbia's Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and teaches in the political science department as well. In addition, he worked for years as a political consultant advising and managing domestic political campaigns.

Dr. Mitchell is an accomplished scholar and writer whose current research includes democratic rollback in the US, the political history of San Francisco, US-Georgia relations, political development in the former Soviet Union, the role of democracy promotion in American foreign policy and baseball. He has written seven books: Uncertain Democracy: US Foreign Policy and Georgia’s Rose Revolution, (Penn Press 2008), The Color Revolutions, (Penn Press 2012), The Democracy Promotion Paradox (Brookings 2016), Will Big League Baseball Survive? Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports and the Future of Major League Baseball, (Temple University Press 2016),Baseball Goes West: How the Dodgers and Giants Shaped the Major Leagues (Kent State University Press 2018), San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third Place Baseball Team (Rutgers University Press, 2019), The Giants and Their City: Major League Baseball in San Francisco, 1976-1992 (Kent State University Press, 2021). Dr. Mitchell has written articles on these topics in The National Interest, Orbis, The Moscow Times, the Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, The National Interest, Survival, the Central Asian Survey, World Affairs Journal, The New York Daily News and Current History as well as for numerous other publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times. The Forward and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Eurasianet, and Transitions Online. Lincoln has been quoted extensively in most major American, Georgian and Russian newspapers and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and podcasts including Fox and Friends, All Things Considered, Lou Dobbs, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, ABC Nightline, the Diane Rehm Show, Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast, the Cespedes Family Barbecast, Sports Byline and The BBC as well as in Russian and Georgian television. Lincoln also frequently blogs about American politics on several different online platforms.

Lincoln's current and recent clients include Freedom House, Democracy International, ARD/Tetratech, the Albright Stonebridge Group, the UNDP and DFID, the United Nations Democracy Fund, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, as well as several private businesses, political interests and investors working in the former Soviet Union.

Lincoln earned his BA from UC Santa Cruz and his Ph.D from Columbia University.


  • 2013–2020
    Associate Adjunct Research Scholar, Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University
  • 2006–2013
    Arnold A. Saltzman Assistant Professor in the Practice of International Politics, Columbia University