Alexander Cooley is the Claire Tow Professor of Political Science at Barnard College and Director of Columbia University's Harriman Institute for the Study of Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe.

As a member of the Harriman Institute's delegation to Turkmenistan in 2008 and 2009, he lectured on international relations at various Turkmen Universities and policy institutes.

Cooley has written two books, Logics of Hierarchy: The Organization of Empires, States and Military Occupations, on how Soviet administrative legacies shaped the formation of Central Asian states; and Base Politics: Democratic Change and the US Military Abroad, which examines the political impact of U.S. military bases in overseas host countries, including Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Last Updated: May 31, 2017