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Mark Schrad, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Mark Schrad, PhD

Professor of Political Science | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University


Mark Schrad, PhD, is an expert on Russian/Ukrainian relations, the Cold War, and prohibition history.



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Areas of Expertise (8)

International Organizations


International Law



Russian/Ukrainian Relations

Cold War



Mark Schrad is an associate professor of Political Science and current Director of Russian Studies at Villanova University, where he has taught since 2010.

His areas of focus are in Russian/Ukrainian relations and the history of prohibition. Schrad has published three books and has been included in numerous other books and peer-reviewed articles. The Washington Post, The Atlantic and TIME Magazine have featured his commentaries and non-peer-reviewed pieces.

Education (4)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: PhD, Political Science 2007

University of Wisconsin-Madison: M.A., Political Science 2002

Georgetown University: M.A., Russian and East European Studies 2001

University of Northern Iowa: B.A., Political Science, Russian and East European Studies 1998

Select Media Appearances (5)

Prigozhin’s fate a warning shot for Putin’s critics

The Hill  


Mark Schrad, a Russia expert and associate professor of political science at Villanova University, said debating the “strength” or “weakness” of Putin was a fool’s errand, given how little outside observers actually know about dynamics within the Kremlin.

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Russia Has a Vodka Addiction. So Does Vladimir Putin – But Not the Same Way.

Politico  online


Of the dozens of vodka factories strung across Russia’s 11 time zones, the crown jewel of the Russian liquor industry is the Kristall distillery in downtown Moscow, birthplace of the world-famous Stolichnaya brand. Founded in 1901 as “Moscow State Wine Warehouse No. 1,” the iconic red-brick factory just two miles due east of the Kremlin fueled Tsar Nicholas II’s vodka monopoly, providing the largest revenue source for the Russian empire. The splendor of the house of Romanov — sprawling, opulent palaces full of amber, gold and jewels — was largely built atop the bloated livers and drunken poverty of the Russian peasantry.

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Mark L. Schrad on Putin's War in Ukraine

BBC Radio  radio


Villanova associate professor Mark L. Schrad joins BBC Radio to discuss the early stages of the Russian invasion on Ukraine.

Putin Critic Boris Nemtsov Shot Dead in Moscow

NBC Nightly News  online


Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot and killed near the Kremlin in late February of 2015. Villanova associate professor Mark Schrad spoke with NBC Nightly News about the rise and fall of Nmetsov.

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The turmoil in Ukraine

WHYY Radio  radio


Villanova University associate professor Mark Schrad joins Radio Times to discuss the roots of a 2013 Ukrainian protest and what it means for their future, their economy and their government.

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