Thomas F. Remington

Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Areas of Expertise:
  • International Development
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Inequality & the Middle Class

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About Thomas

Remington is a political scientist specializing in Russia, China and transition politics more generally. In recent years he has been working on problems related to income inequality and social policy in Russia and China as well as other countries, particularly the United States. He published a book in 2011 on the politics of inequality in Russia. Income inequality is rising around the world and has roots in politics as well as economics, and in the United States it is a matter of urgent policy concern. He teaches a seminar at Emory on the politics of inequality with an explicitly comparative focus. Remington has been active in public scholarship and community education in Atlanta for decades. He has given talks and led discussions for many community groups in Atlanta on Russia and U.S.-Russian relations. He often gives interviews to the Voice of America and other international broadcasters. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and actively participates in the Atlanta branch meetings. He is also a member of a working group on U.S.-Russian relations headed by Tim Colton on the American side.



"'There is No Middle Class in This Oblast. There are Rich and Poor.' Economic and Social Policy Trade-Offs in the Russian Regions," (with Irina Soboleva, Anton Sobelev, and Mark Urnov), NCEEER Working Paper, May 31, 2011.
Examines trade-offs among social and economic policy at the regional level in Russia.
The Politics of Inequality in Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011).
Investigates the relationship between the character of political regimes in Russia's subnational regions and the structure of earnings and income, and finds that income inequality is higher in more pluralistic regions.

In the News

"While America Tweets, China Soars," Thomas F. Remington, Washington Post, December 19, 2013.