David Siegel, Ph.D.

David Siegel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Social Sciences BK LI
Political Science BK LI



Ph.D., Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.Phil, Political Science, The Graduate Center, CUNY
M.S., Global Affairs, New York University
B.A., Psychology, Syracuse University


Dave Siegel joined St. Joseph’s University, New York in 2021. He teaches Introduction to Political Science, Comparative Governments, International Relations, History of Political Thought, International Law, as well as other upper-level electives in political science. Prior to coming to St. Joseph’s, Professor Siegel taught at Union College in Schenectady, New York, as well as Brooklyn College and Queens College, both part of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Scholarly & Professional Interests

Professor Siegel’s background is in comparative politics. His research focuses on state formation and transitions to capitalism within the states of the former Soviet Union with a particular emphasis on post-Soviet Central Asia.  He also has research interests in international relations and political theory.

Select Publications

“The Temporality of Violence in Primitive Accumulation:  A Soviet Subsidy to the Capitalist Transition,” New Political Science, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 526-548 (Fall 2023), https://doi.org/10.1080/07393148.2023.2237823

“From Oligarchs to Oligarchy: The Failure of US Sanctions on Russia and its Implications for Theories of Informal Politics,” World Affairs, Volume 185, Issue 2, pp. 249-284 (Summer 2022), https://doi.org/10.1177/00438200221094588

“Decentralization, Legitimacy, and Democracy in Post-Soviet Central Asia,” Journal of Eurasian Studies, Volume 13, Issue 1 (January 2022), pp 66-81, https://doi.org/10.1177/18793665211068525

“Privatization without Capitalism: The Social Relations of Property in Post-Communist Transitions,” Polity, Vol. 53, Number 1 (January 2021), pp. 6-40, https://doi.org/10.1086/711646

“The Political Logic of Cadre Rotation in Post-Soviet Central Asia,” Problems of Post-Communism, Vol. 65, Issue 4 (2018), pp. 253-270, https://doi.org/10.1080/10758216.2017.1304177