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Marie Mendras

Born in 1957, Marie Mendras is a political scientist in the field of Russian and post-Soviet studies. She is a research fellow with the CNRS and CERI, and a professor at  Sciences Po University’s School of International Affairs in Paris.
She is on the editorial board of journals Esprit (Paris) and Pro et Contra (Moscow) and is a member of the Institute for Law and Public Policy (Moscow).

At CERI, Dr. Mendras conducts research on the Russian political system, elite behaviour and society, and Russian policies toward Europe. She is the head of the Observatoire de la Russie, a study group which organizes a seminar series and online publication of occasional papers : Cahiers Russie - Russia Papers.

Since 1989, Marie Mendras has been studying elections in Russia. She was part of the French Parlamentarians’ delegation or OSCE ODIHR missions in  1993, 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2003. She observed other elections as an independent scholar, and published extensively on the topic of elections and political legitimacy.

From 2008 to 2010, she was a full-time Professor in the Government Department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. In earlier years, she taught at Université Paris 1-Sorbonne, Université Paris 10 - Nanterre, Université de Louvain/Leuven, Ecole des Mines in Paris, and MGIMO in Moscow.

In 2010, Marie Mendras was Director of the Policy Planning Staff, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1983 to 1991, she worked as a part-time consultant for the Policy Planning Staff. From 1992 to 1998, she consulted for the Directorate for Strategic Affairs, Ministry of Defence.

Marie Mendras was educated at Essex University, Sciences-Po University and Institut des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard University. She holds a doctorate in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).