Jerry F. Hough

Jerry F. Hough

James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 208 Gross H, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
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Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4347
American Politics

James B. Duke Professor of Political Science, formerly specialized in the government and politics of the former Soviet Union. He is the author of How the Soviet Union is Governed; Soviet Leadership in Transition; The Struggle for the Third World; Soviet Debate and American Options; Democratization and Revolution in the USSR 1985-1991; and The Logic of Economic Reform in Russia.  His current research centers on the establishment of the state, identity, markets, and democracy in the United States.  His first book on the subject is Changing Party Coalitions:  The Strange Red-Blue State Alignment (2006).  His next book is George Washington and the formation of the American Political System, 1774-1799.  The book focuses on the political philosophy of the Founding Fathers and the way that they solved the religions conflicts and the collective action problems of the revolution and the Constitutional Convention.  Hough also writes on the implications for current Iraq.


  • Ph.D., Harvard University 1961

Hough, JF. The Logic of Economic Reform in Russia, 1991-1998. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 2001.

Hough, JF. Growing Pains: The 1993 Russian duma Election. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1998.

Hough, JF. Democratization and Revolution in the U.S.S.R., 1985-1991. Washington: The Brookings Institution, 1997.

Hough, JF, Davidheiser, E, and Lehmann, SG. The 1996 Russian Presidential Election. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, May 1996.

Hough, JF. Russia and the West: Gorbachev and the Politics of Reform. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1990.

Hough, JF. Opening Up the Soviet Economy. The Brookings Institution, 1989.

Hough, JF. Russia and the West: Gorbachev and the Politics of Reform. Simon and Schuster, 1988.

Hough, JF. The Struggle for Third World: Soviet Debates and American Options. The Brookings Institution, 1986.

Hough, JF. The Polish Crisis. The Brookings Institution, 1982.


Hough, JF, and Lehmann, S. "The Mystery of Opponents of Economic Reform among the Yeltsin Voters." Voters in Post-Communist Russia. Ed. M Wyman, S White, and S Oates. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Press, 1998. 190-227.

Hough, JF. "The Structure of the Russian Legislature and its Impact on Party Development." Democratization in Russia: The Development of Legislative Institutions. Ed. JW Hahn. Armock: N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 1996.

Hough, JF. "Political Cleavages in Yaroslavl Politics." The New Legislative Politics in the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ed. T Remington. Westview Press, 1994.

Hough, JF. "Lessons for Western Theories of International Security and Relations." Five Years That Shook The World: Gorbachev’s Unfinished Revolution. Ed. HD Balzer. Boulder: Westview Press, 1991. 181-200.

Hough, JF. "Perestroika and Soviet Relations with the West." Donald R. Kelly and Hoyt Purvis, Old Myths and New Realities in United States-Soviet Relations. 1990. 19-30.

Hough, JF. "the Foreign Policy Implications of Economic Reform." The Western Community and the Gorbachev Challenge. Ed. A Chase and TC Schelling. Baden-Baden: Nomos, 1989.

Hough, JF. "Conservatism and Reformism in the Party-Bureaucratic Elite." Alexander Shtromas, The Soviet Union and the Challenge of the Future. New York: Pragon House, 1988. 418-434.

Hough, JF. "The ’X’ Article and Contemporary Sources of Soviet Conduct." Containing the Soviet Union. Ed. TL Deibel and JL Gaddis. Pergamon-Brassey, 1987. 139-153.

Hough, JF. "Western Europe in Soviet Options: Security and the Imperative of Economic Reform." Western Europe and the Crisis in U.S. - Soviet Relations. Ed. RH Ullman and M Zucconi. Praeger, 1987. 36-43.

Hough, JF. "The Issue of Moral Equivalence." Arms Control: The American Dilemma. Ed. WR Kinter. The Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy, 1987. 37-54.


Conitzer, V. "Editor's introduction." Acm Sigecom Exchanges 8.1 (July 1, 2009): 1-1. Full Text

Hough, JF. "The Political Geography of European Russia: Republics and Oblasts." Post Soviet Geography and Economics 39.2 (February 1998): 63-95. Full Text

Hough, JF. "Sociology, the State and Language Politics." Post-Soviet Politics 12.1 (1996): 1-19. (Academic Article)


Hough, JF. "Thermidor in Russia." Post Problems of Communism 1 (October 1994). (Academic Article)

Hough, JF. "Economic Reform and Russian 'Imperialism'." Brookins Review 12.3 (July 1994). (Academic Article)

Hough, JF. "Attitudes on Economic Reform and Democratization and the 1993 Election." Post-Soviet Affairs 1 (1994). (Academic Article)

Hough, JF. "On the Road to Paradise Again?: Keeping Hopes for Russia Realistic." Brookings Review 11.1 (1993). (Academic Article)

Hough, JF. "Understanding Gorbachev: The Importance of Politics." Soviet Economy 7.2 (April 1991): 89-109. Full Text

Hough, JF. "The Logic of Collective Action and the Pattern of Revolutionary Behavior." Journal of Soviet Nationalities 1.2 (July 1990): 34-65. (Academic Article)


Hough, JF. "Soviet Interpretation and Response." Arms Control and the Strategic Defense Initiative: Three Perspectives (October 1985).

Hough, JF. "The Revolutionary Road Runs Out." The Nation (1985): 666-668.

Hough, JF. "The Need for Self-Confidence and Clear-Headed Realism." Ed. RE Osgood. Policy Papers in International Affairs 16 (1981).

Selected Grants

(95-0091) Cooperation: A Study of Politicians and Institutions in Transitional Russia awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1995 to 1996

(92-0547) Nationality and Politics: The Dismemberment of the Soviet Union and the Reconstitution of a Commonwealth of In awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1992 to 1995

(91-0507) Emerging Coalitions in the Soviet All-Union and Republican Legislatures awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 1991 to 1993