Amanda Zadorian


  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics


  • PhD, politics, The New School for Social Research
  • BFA, theater, Boston University


Amanda Zadorian is a critical political economist who studies the role of ideas and identities in capitalist development. Her book project is about the oil industry and political legitimacy in Russia and Brazil. Before coming to Oberlin, Amanda lived in Russia as a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. She earned her PhD (2018) in politics at The New School for Social Research in New York.

Comparative and international political economy, political legitimacy, the oil industry, business-state relations, state capitalism, urban politics under autocracy, corporate responses to climate change.

Comparative politics, international political economy, capitalism studies, political ecology, Russian and post-Soviet politics, transnational queer experience, oil and climate change, identity and performance, qualitative research methods.

  • Zadorian, Amanda. 2021. “Practicing (State) Capitalism at Petrobras and Rosneft.” In Amanda Zadorian and Miklós Szanyi, eds., Special Issue on The Rise of State Capitalism, International Journal of Public Administration 44, no. 14 (October): 1241-1252. DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2021.1964082.
  • Zupan, Daniela, Vera Smirnova, and Amanda Zadorian. 2021. “Governing through stolichnaya praktika: Housing renovation from Moscow to the regions.” Geoforum 120 (March): 155-164. DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2021.01.008.


Amanda Zadorian Contributes to Report on EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood

March 20, 2024

Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics Amanda Zadorian is a contributor to "Costs of Non-Enlargement - a Foresight Report on EU Enlargement and Neighbourhood" (published by Visegrad Insight and Zeit-Stiftung Bucerius). It argues that Europe's interests are best served by bringing Ukraine and its neighbors into the European Union as full members. The report launches this month with events in Brussels and Berlin. Download the report here.


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