Marc Berenson

Marc Berenson


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Biographical details

Prior to joining King’s Russia Institute in September 2013 as Senior Lecturer, Dr. Marc P. Berenson was serving, since 2007, as a research fellow on the Governance Team at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton. His projects on governance, public administration, state capacity and state-society relations in Russia, Ukraine and Poland have been empirically, conceptually and methodologically ground-breaking, with a particular (and particularly important) focus on the ways in which citizens’ interactions with the bureaucracy shapes and is shaped by their perceptions of the state and the meaning of their own citizenship. He has a book manuscript – Taxes and Trust: Transitioning from Coercion to Compliance in Poland, Russia and Ukraine – currently in preparation, and his articles have appeared in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics and elsewhere. Previously, Dr. Berenson worked as a research analyst for the American Bar Association, the EastWest Institute, The Carter Center and the Strengthening Democratic Institutions Project at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  He also has undertaken several consultancies, for, among others, the World Bank in Russia and the OECD’s Tax and Development Programme.

After receiving his BA from Harvard University, Dr. Berenson founded and directed from 1996 to 1998 the "Law in Action" program for Freedom House in Kyiv, Ukraine, before receiving his Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University in 2006. A recipient of over a dozen academic grants and fellowships, he is fluent in Russian, Polish and English, reads Ukrainian and speaks Italian.

Research interests

Governance, Rule of Law, Corruption, Tax Administration, Social Welfare Policy, Bureaucracy, Regulatory Policy

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Politics, Princeton University

… → 6 Jun 2006

Award Date: 6 Jun 2006

Bachelor of Arts, Government and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

… → 1 Jun 1995

Award Date: 1 Jun 1995


  • JA Political science (General)
  • Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Political Economy, Tax Compliance


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