Jerry F. Hough

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Jerry Fincher Hough (born 1935[1]) is the James B. Duke Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Hough has taught at Duke since 1973; he previously taught at the University of Toronto and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he has served as a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. Hough received his A.B., A.M. and PhD from Harvard University. He plans to stop teaching in 2016 and retire in 2018.[2] He is the ex-husband of the Australian-American historian of the Soviet Union Sheila Fitzpatrick.

Hough's research has focused on domestic American politics, the Soviet Union, the democratization of Russia and American efforts at nation-building. Hough is a part of the "revisionist" school on Soviet history, maintaining that the level of terror was much exaggerated and that the Soviet Union was institutionally weak under Stalin, among other things.[3]

In 2015, he was the focus of a controversy around his online comment to The New York Times article "How Racism Doomed Baltimore", in which he compared Asians and Blacks and criticized the latter's "lack of desire for integration" and "instead of working hard, only feeling sorry for themselves".[2] He later publicized a letter to further explain his opinions, in which he claimed himself to be a true follower of Martin Luther King Jr.[4] He has been on an academic leave in 2015 that is not related to the controversy.[2]


  1. ^ Bibliographic Guide to Soviet and East European Studies, Vol. 3 (G. K. Hall., 1991: ISBN 0-8161-7148-3), p. 328.
  2. ^ a b c Drew, Jonathan (18 May 2015). "Duke professor defends comments comparing blacks, Asians". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 20 May 2015. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  3. ^ Laqueur, Walter The Fate of the Revolution: Interpretations of Soviet history from 1917 to the Present (New York: Scribner's, 1987) pp. 225-227
  4. ^ Craven, Julia (19 May 2015). "Duke University Professor Stands By Racist Comments". huffingtonpost. Retrieved 19 May 2015.


  • The Soviet Prefects: The Local Party Organs in Industrial Decision-Making, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1969.
  • The Soviet Union and Social Science Theory, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1977.
  • with Merle Fainsod, How the Soviet Union is Governed, Harvard University Press, 1979.
  • Soviet Leadership in Transition, The Brookings Institution, 1980.
  • The Polish Crisis, The Brookings Institution, 1982.
  • The Struggle for Third World: Soviet Debates and American Options, The Brookings Institution, 1986.
  • Russia and the West: Gorbachev and the Politics of Reform, Simon and Schuster, 1988.
  • Opening Up the Soviet Economy, The Brookings Institution, 1989.
  • Russia and the West: Gorbachev and the Politics of Reform, second edition, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1990.
  • with Evelyn Davidheiser and Susan Goodrich Lehmann, The 1996 Russian Presidential Election, Washington, The Brookings Institution, 1996.
  • Democratization and Revolution in the USSR, 1985-1991, Washington, The Brookings Institution, 1997.
  • with Timothy Colton (eds), Growing Pains : The 1993 Russian duma Election, Washington, The Brookings Institution, 1998.
  • The Logic of Economic Reform in Russia, 1991-1998, Washington, The Brookings Institution, 2001.
  • Changing Party Coalitions: The Strange Red-Blue State Alignment, New York, Agathon, 2006.

Further reading[edit]

  • Firestone, Thomas. "Four Sovietologists: A Primer." National Interest No. 14 (Winter 1988/9), pp. 102–107 on the ideas of Zbigniew Brzezinski, Stephen F. Cohen, Jerry F. Hough, and Richard Pipes.
  • Хау Джерри // Иванян Э. А. Энциклопедия российско-американских отношений. XVIII-XX века. — Москва: Международные отношения, 2001. — 696 с. — ISBN 5-7133-1045-0.

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