Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science
Dr. Jenkins served as Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies from July 2001 to July 2015. He joined the program in 1999 as Administrative Director for Curricula and was primarily responsible for coordinating the MA degree program, which was introduced that year. His scholarly interests are in the areas of social and political change, political conflict, state building, civil society and the nonprofit sector, and education. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. Prior to joining the Center he was an independent consultant and researcher as well as a professor at Yale University. Dr. Jenkins has traveled widely through Eastern Europe and has lived in Budapest and Vienna. In his leisure time, he enjoys travel, history, a variety of sports, coaching youth athletics, and time with his family.