Dr. Balzer earned a PhD degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has held fellowships at the Harvard University Russian Research Center, the US Institute of Peace and at MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society, and has taught at Boston University. He is Associate Professor at Georgetown University, where he served as Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies from 1987 to 2001.
Since 1997 Dr. Balzer has been a member of the Governing Council of the Basic Research and Higher Education Program for Russian universities, administered by the Civilian Research and Development Foundation with funding from the MacArthur Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Russian Ministry of Education. The program currently supports 16 centers for research and education at universities in 15 cities across Russia.
Dr. Balzer is a renowned expert on Russian studies, US-Russian relations, education, science and technology. He is currently completing work on financing higher education in The Russian Empire, the USSR, and the Russian Federation. He also deals with a comparative analysis of Russian and Chinese integration with the global economy.
Articles in journals
- "The Putin Thesis and Russian Energy Policy." Post-Soviet Affairs 21.3 (2005): 210-225.
- "Ordinary Russians? Rethinking August 1991." Demokratizatsiya 13.2 (2005): 193-218.
- "Upravliaemyi pliuralism: formiruiushchiisia rezhim V. Putina." Obshchestvennyi nauki i sovremennost’ (2004): 46-59.
- "Routinization of the New Russians?." Russian Review Vol. 62 No. 1 (January 2003), pp. 11-36. 62.1 (2003): 11-36.
- "Demography and Democracy in Russia: Human Capital Challenges to Democratic Consolidation." Demokratizatsiya 11.1 (2003): 95-109.
- "Managed Pluralism: Vladimir Putin’s Emerging Regime." Post-Soviet Affairs 19.3 (2003): 189-226.
Articles in books
- "State and Society in Transitions from Communism: China in Comparative Perspective." State and Society in 21st Century China: crisis, Contention and Legitimation. Ed. Peter Gries and Stanley Rosen. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
- "Comment on Saskia Sassen’s ‘The Global City: Introducing a Concept." New Global History and the City. Ed. Elliott Morss. Newton Center, MA: New Global History Press (Toynbee Foundation), 2004.
- "Intelligentnye professii i intelligenty-professionaly” (Intelligentsia Professionals and Professional Intelligenty." Iz istorii russkoi intelligentsii. Ed. O. N. Ansberg, L. A. Bulgakova and I. V. Selivanova. St. Petersburg: Dmitrii Bulanin, 2003.
- "Public-Private Partnerships in Russian Education: Historical Models and Lessons." Extending the Borders of Russian History: Essays in Honor of Alfred J. Rieber. Ed. Marsha Siefert. Budapest: Central European University Press, 2003.
- "Human Capital and Russian Security in the 21st Century." Russia After the Fall. Ed. Andrew Kuchins. Washington, DC: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2002.
- "Russia’s Self-Denying Middle Class in the Global Age." Explaining Post-Soviet Patchworks Vol. I Actors and Sectors between Accommodation and Resistance to Globalization. Ed. Klaus Segbers. Aldershot,UK: Ashgate Publishing, 2001.