Topics: Education
Peace and Human Rights
Social Change
Regional focus: Russia and Eurasia
Origin: Russian Federation
Fellowship: Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow

Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist specializing in the legislative process in modern Russia, parliamentarism and decision-making mechanisms in hybrid political regimes. 

She has a PhD in political science and serves as an associate professor at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences (MSSES). She was a senior lecturer at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA). From Dec 2018 to Oct 2019 she was a member of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights. Previously, she worked as a civil servant in local administration, as a deputy’s assistant, political faction analyst and expert in the analytical department of the Russian State Duma, and as legislative affairs director of a consulting company.

Schulmann is the author of the books Legislation as a Political Process and Practical Politology: a guide to the contact with reality (collection of articles), and one of the co-authors of the The New Autocracy: Information, Politics, and Policy in Putin’s Russia (Brookings Institution Press 2018). She regularly contributes to Vedomosti newspaper, The New Times magazine, and online media such as,, She hosted a weekly program on Echo Moscow radio station dedicated to popularizing political science terminology and concepts, and her Youtube channel has a large subscriber audience. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the UNESCO Courier magazine. 

Last Updated: 2022