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Marcia A. Beck, Ph.D.


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Dr. Marcia A. Beck is the author of Russia’s Liberal Project: State-Society Relations in the Transition from Communism (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2000) and co-author with James S. Bowman and Jonathan P. West of Achieving Competencies in Public Service: The Professional Edge, 2nd edition (M.E. Sharpe, 2010), and with John C. Donovan, Richard E. Morgan, and Christian P. Potholm of People, Power, and Politics, 3rd edition (Littlefield Adams, 1993).  She has taught Soviet/Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, Comparative Politics, International Relations, West European Politics, East European Politics, Comparative Civil Societies, and The Politics of the European Union at the University of Notre Dame (Assistant Professor, 1991-1993) and Bowdoin College (1988 – 2003), where she was a tenured Associate Professor (1996-2003) in the Department of Government.  She has been teaching courses in Postcommunist Russian Politics and Postcommunist Russian Foreign Policy at the University of Miami as a part-time Lecturer since 2009.  She won the Sears-Roebuck Teaching and Leadership Award at Bowdoin College in 1990, received a Teaching Commendation at the University of Notre Dame in 1992, and was a nominee for the Apple Polishing Teaching Award by the Association of Greek Letter Organizations at the University of Miami in 2012.   Dr. Beck was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University in 1991/92 and received a National Endowment for the Humanities special archival grant to research in Russian archives in 1993. She has published articles and reviews in Comparative Politics, Review of Politics, Russian Review, Demokratizatsiya, and Public Integrity, among others.


Russian domestic politics and civil society
Russian and European Union energy politics
U.S. intelligence organization and policy
Public administration ethics
Public administration organization


POL 384 Soviet and Russian Politics
POL 384 Postcommunist Russian Domestic Politics
POL 597 Postcommunist Russian Foreign Policy