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Sherman Garnett

Sherman  Garnett
  • Professor
  • Faculty


Professor Garnett's interests include the former Soviet Union, especially Russian foreign and security policy, Ukraine and comparative political and security issues for the post-Communist world. He was most recently a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he directed projects on security and national identity in the former USSR and Russian-Chinese relations. While at Carnegie, he wrote a wide range of articles on the post-Communist world and a book on Ukraine. Before that, he worked for more than a dozen years on arms control and post-Communist security policy questions in a variety of positions in the U.S. government, finishing his government service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. He received the Defense Department's Medal for Distinguished Civilian Service in 1994. His current research interests include contemporary global security problems, political and security trends in Eurasia and Russian intellectual and literary history.


Sherman Garnett's last day as Dean of James Madison College was May 15, 2020.  He will remain on the faculty of James Madison.