Lowell Barrington is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Marquette University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. His research specializations include ethnicity and nationalism, democratization and democratic breakdown, post-communist politics, and political science research methods. Prof. Barrington is a Research Affiliate with UW-Madison’s Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and has served as Editor-in-Chief of Analysis of Current Events, as Vice President of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN), and as Chair of Marquette’s Department of Political Science. His external research funding includes grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER). Barrington’s publications include articles in outlets that include Comparative Political Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, European Journal of Political Research, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Harvard International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Central Asian Studies, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Nationalities Papers, Political Research Quarterly, Post-Soviet Affairs, Post-Soviet Geography and Economics, PS: Political Science and Politics, Review of Central and East European Law, and World Politics. He is the author of Comparative Politics: Structures and Choices (Cengage) and editor of After Independence: Making and Protecting the Nation in Postcolonial and Postcommunist States (University of Michigan Press).