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School Head — Andrei Melville


Academic Supervisor — Mark Urnov


Deputy Head — Igor Orlov


3 Krivokolenny Pereulok, Moscow, 103070.


8 (495) 772-95-90 *22833,

8 (495) 772-95-90 *22448

Fax: 8 (495) 772-95-90 *12556

Email: politfac@hse.ru

Post-industrial civilisational transition: Origins, peculiarities, and prospects

Nisnevich Y. A., Ryabov A. V.

Berlin: Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, 2018.

Book chapter
Measuring Alertness: The Readiness of a Social Group to Participate in Protest Activity

Akhremenko A. S., Yureskul E., Petrov A.

In bk.: 2018 Eleventh International Conference "Management of large-scale system development" (MLSD-2018). M.: IEEE, 2018. P. 1-5.

Working paper
Making Politics Attractive: Political Satire and Exposure to Political Information in New Media Environment in Russia

Chmel K., Savin N., Michael X. D. C.

Political Science. PS. Высшая школа экономики, 2018. No. WP BRP 63/PS/2018.

School of Political Science

Aims and tasks

Our School — our people and the way we work is different from the politics departments in most Russian universities. We are not going through the many ‘birth traumas’ characteristic of Russian political science which has for the most part grown out from under the overcoat of academic communism.

Our mission is to teach students contemporary political science and give them the skills needed for serious political research in the way it’s done in the world’s best universities.

This requires us to work to international standards in our own research and helps us to prepare a new generation of political scientists to work well in many professional fields.

We believe that political science can only be developed creatively in a free and democratic environment.

We are solving many serious problems:

  • We build our teaching programme on the basis of the most recent theoretical and methodological achievements in political science;
  • We give students a basic grounding in history, philosophy, economics and law and with that knowledge they can master the whole range of disciplines in contemporary political science;
  • What makes us unique is that our students have a professional training in contemporary methodology and rigorous qualitative and quantitative political analysis;
  • Our most important task is to internationalize education and research, to develop international projects and partnerships.

History of the Department


Faculty of Applied Political Science opens. Dean — Professor Dr. L. G. Ionin. Departments of General Politics (head, Dr. A. M. Salmin), Public Policy (head, Professor N. Y. Belyaeva), Political Consulting and Public Relations (head, Prof. A. P. Sitnikov) also open.

First intake of 30 students.

Guided by Professor D. S. Shmerling the faculty’s student bureau begins to work supporting student initiatives and as a career development centre of sorts.


The Faculty of Applied Political Science begins its partnership with the elite Institute of Political Sciences in Paris — Sciences Po. Ekaterina Feofanova and Anush Mkhitaryan are the first students sent to study there.


The Faculty opens a Department of General and Russian History (head — Prof. L. S. Vasiliev). Prof. I. B. Orlov who has taught at the Faculty since the outset becomes Deputy head of the department. Post-graduate courses in Applied Politics begin.


Prof. Mark Urnov, the president of the Fund for analytical programmes ‘Expertise’ becomes the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Political Science. Prof. L. V. Polyakov becomes Head of the Department of General Politics and Deputy Dean for Research. Associate Prof. V. A. Kasmara becomes first Deputy Dean.

The Teaching materials office begins its work at the Faculty to improve teaching programmes and courses.

First elections for chairman of the Faculty Student Council.


First intake of students for the ‘Advertising’ specialisation.  Master’s programme in Political Analysis and Public Policy opens at the Department of Public Policy.

A new Master’s in Applied Political Science opens on the basis of three departments (applied politics, political consulting and election technology, theory and practice of the interaction between business and power).

Student exchanges with the University of Helsinki begin.

The summer and winter schools ‘Escapes from Modernity’ directed by S. A. Medvedev begin in Spain, Estonia, Finland and Germany.


The doctorate’s council for political sciences opens, chaired by Prof. L. V. Polyakov.

The Department of Advertising Theory and Practice and the Research-teaching Laboratory of Political Studies open.


Andrei N. Medushevsky becomes the faculty’s first tenured professor.


Prof. A. Y. Melville becomes Dean of the Faculty and Associate Prof. M. G. Migronyuk, First Deputy Dean. Prof. M. V. Ilin becomes Deputy Dean for Research and a series of new research seminars begin.

Mark Y. Urnov, former Dean, is appointed Director of Research.

Student exchanges begin with the University of Paul Cezanne (France), University of Cologne and University College London.


The faculty undergoes restructuring. The old departments are replaced with new ones:

  • Department of Comparative Political Studies. Head — Prof. Andrei Y. Melville.
  • Department of Political Behaviour. Head — Prof. Mark. Y. Urnov.
  • Department of Integrated Communications. Head — Prof. Sergei A. Zverev.
  • Department of Political Theory and Political Analysis. Head — Prof. Gleb I. Musikhin.

The Department of General Politics continues its work with Professor Leonid V. Polyakov at the helm.

Staff at the faculty participate actively in the work at the HSE Centre for Fundamental Research.

A new Laboratory for Regional Political Research opens headed by R. F. Turovsky.

Mark Y. Urnov becomes tenured professor.


A series of open meetings between students and the most success alumni begin.

GR club starts.

The new make-up of the Dissertation council is confirmed (by an order of the Russian Ministry of Science and Education on councils for defence of doctoral and candidate dissertations from November 2, 2012).

Andrei Melville becomes chairman of the council and Prof. I. B. Orlov is the academic secretary.

Master’s programme in Applied Political Science is presented.

The full-time advanced postgraduate programme opens.

The international research project, Transition versus Transformation: Comparing Paths to Democratic Change in the Former USSR Using Case Study Based Evidence from Civil Society, International Aid and Domestic Politics with the HSE Faculty of Applied Politics, Dublin City University, Tallinn University, Marmara University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and others.


The faculty’s double diploma Master’s programme and Institute of political science, Toulouse (France).

Mikhail V. Ilin is elected to the collegium of tenured professors.

The faculty successfully undergoes an international inspection of its teaching programmes under the auspices of the World Bank.


The Faculty of Applied Politics becomes a School of Political Science in the Faculty of Social Sciences. Andrei Melville is appointed Head of the School and  I. B. Orlov his deputy.

The new school is made up of several sectors (based on former departments): Political Anthropology, (Head — M. Urnov) Comparative Politics (Head — M. Migronyuk), Political Theory (Head — G. Musikhin), Political Regionalism (Head — R. Turovsky) and Political Ethics (Head — A. N. Medushevsky).

Master’s programme in Politics, Economics, Philosophy directed by Prof. O. Ananyan opens.

Online courses from the world’s top universities for Politics students are organised.


Public online-course “Comparative Politics” is opened on the “Coursera” platform, designed by Professor of the School of Political Science Mikhail Ilyin and Associate Professor of the School of Political Science Mikhail G. Mironyuk

“Lecture Hall” for Senior Students in Moscow started its work with participation of lecturers and staff members of the School of Political Science

Creation of “Global Politics” section (Academic Supervisor: Andrey Korotayev)

The book “Democracy in a Russian Mirror” edited by Adam Przeworski was issued by Cambridge University Press in May 2015. Three of the authors — Andrei Melville and Mikhail Ilyin — are staff members of the School of Political Science


Minor “Comparative Politics” for the HSE student was launched for the first time

Public online-course “Introduction to Modern Political Science” is opened on the National platform, designed by Professor of the School of Political Science Andrei Y. Melville and Lecturer of the School of Political Science Ilya Lokshin

Master Program “Political Challenges of Modernity” was transferred from the School of Historical Sciences to the School of Political Science (Academic Supervisor: Igor B. Orlov)

Lecturers and staff members of the School of Political Science participated in organization and performing Faculty Day at NRU HSE Lyceum

The “Challenges for Social Development” Strategic Academic Unit belongs to the first type of HSE Strategic Academic Units with Andrei Melville as an Academic Leader and Timothy M. Frye as a research adviser. School of Political Science has become its part


Senior Lecturer of the School of Political Science Elena Panfilova became Executive Director of Transparency International

Master Program “Political Challenges of Modernity” is renamed to “Contemporary Political Science in Social Studies Instruction at Secondary Schools” (Academic Supervisor: Igor B. Orlov)

HSE has made it to the group 51-100 ranking «QS – World University Rankings by Subject» for the Politics & International Studies subject, which made it first in Russia

HSE has made it to the top-1 of Shanghais ranking «Academic Ranking of World Universities» (ARWU) for the Political Sciences subject, in the group 101-150 of the top world universities

Associate Professor of the School of Political Science Varvara M. Vasileva has become Deputy Dean for Development of the Faculty of Social Sciences