Alexander J. Motyl
#37543 Overall Influence

Alexander J. Motyl

American political scientist, artist and painter

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Alexander J. Motyl is a recognized expert on Russia, Ukraine and the Soviet Union, as well as a professor of political science for Rutgers University. He earned a B.A. in history, an M.Phil and a Ph.D in political science from Columbia University. In addition to his extensive work on Russia and Ukraine, he is also an accomplished fiction writer, artist, and poet.

Among his artistic pursuits are such novels as Fall River, The Jew Who Was Ukrainian, and Who Killed Andrei Warhol. He is a painter and poetry reader in New York City.

In Imperial Ends: The Decline, Collapse, and Revival of Empires, he suggests that the political structure of empires tended to have a core and a periphery, but had centralized governance at the core, with little to no interrelationships along the periphery. Power existed at the center only. In his study of these imperial structures, he examined the Akkadian Empire, Russian Empire, Aztec Empire, and Mongol Empire. Among those empires, he found three kinds of structures, continuous (continental), discontinuous (intercontinental), and hybrid (a combination of both). He is also the author of The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919-1929.

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Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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Lehigh University
Lehigh University

University in Pennsylvania

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Rutgers University
Rutgers University

Multi-campus American public research university in New Jersey, United States

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#162 World Rank #111 USA Rank
Political Science
#6126 World Rank #1633 USA Rank
History
#11346 World Rank #2470 USA Rank
Literature