MacArthur Fellows Program

Seweryn Bialer

Political Scientist | Class of August 1983

Political Scientist
New York, New York
57 at time of award
February 8, 2019
Area of Focus
Political Science
Published August 1, 1983

Seweryn Bialer is a political scientist who specializes in Soviet and contemporary Russian studies.

Bialer explores the workings of Soviet and contemporary Russian politics and foreign policy in a comparative context and within the general framework of social science.  His work on Soviet succession and his analysis of the Solidarity movement have become standard works.  His books include Stalin and His Generals (1969); Stalin’s Successors: Leadership, Stability and Change in the Soviet Union (1980); and The Soviet Paradox: External Expansion, Internal Decline (1986).  Some of Bialer’s other publications include The Global Rivals (1988, with M. Mandelbaum); Politics, Society and Nationality: Inside Gorbachev’s Russia (1989, editor and contributor); and Soviet-American Relations after the Cold War, (1991, co-edited with R. Jervis).

Bialer is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor Emeritus of International Relations and Political Science at Columbia University, and was the director (1977-1992) of its Research Institute on International Change.

Bialer studied at the Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland (1947-50), and received an M.A. (1952) and Ph.D. (1955) from the Institute of Social Sciences, Warsaw.  After emigrating to the United States, he received a second Ph.D. (1966) from Columbia University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

Select News Coverage of Seweryn Bialer
February 21, 2019
"Seweryn Bialer, 92, Defector and Soviet Union Scholar, Dies"
The New York Times
Seweryn Bialer , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
January 24, 2006
"The Death of Soviet Communism"
Foreign Affairs
Seweryn Bialer , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
April 13, 1989
"Soviet Society in Transition"
Seweryn Bialer , 1983 MacArthur Fellow
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