Harvard University, Ph.D. with distinction (Government)
Harvard University, M.S. (Government)
UC Berkeley, B.A. with honors (Political Science and History)
Pauline Jones Luong’s scholarly work contributes broadly to the study of institutional origin, change, and impact in a wide variety of settings: newly emergent states with multiple competing subnational identities, states transitioning from planned to market economies, states rich in natural resources, and states with predominantly Muslim populations. The empirical basis for her work has been primarily the former Soviet Union (FSU) -- particularly the five Central Asian republics that gained independence in 1991 (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). However, she has also engaged in broad cross-national comparisons across regions, including Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), utilizing a combination of controlled case comparisons and statistical analysis.
Forthcoming: Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia, Central Eurasia in Context Book Series, Pittsburgh, PA: Univ.of Pittsburgh Press.
Forthcoming: “The Domestic Political Conditions for International Economic Expansion: Lessons from Latin American National Oil Companies (NOCs).” Comparative Political Studies (with Jazmin Sierra)
2014: “Is there an Islamist Political Advantage?” Annual Review of Political Science 17: 187-206. (with Melani Cammett)
2010: Oil is Not a Curse: Ownership Structure and Institutions in Petroleum-Rich Soviet Successor States, Cambridge and NY: Cambridge University Press.
2006 “Rethinking the Resource Curse: Ownership Structure, Institutional Capacity, and Domestic Constraints,” Annual Review of Political Science 9: 241–63.(with Erika Weinthal)