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), and 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.

Last Updated: 2022