Chris Miller is Assistant Professor of International History at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Academic Research

Chris’ research examines Russian history, political economy, and foreign policy. He is the author of two books: Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia, published in 2018, and The Struggle to Save the Soviet Economy: Mikhail Gorbachev and the Collapse of the USSR, published in 2016.

His next book project will examine the history of Russian diplomacy and power projection in Asia, from the time of the tsars to the present day.

In addition, Chris has published multiple scholarly articles on the history of Russian economic policy, Russian intellectual historyforeign investment, and Russian-Chinese relations.


Policy Research

Chris serves as Director of the Eurasia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He writes regularly on Russian foreign and economic policy, with a focus on Russia and Asia. He also directs FPRI's research into the Baltic and Black Sea regions. 

Previously, he was a fellow at the German Marshall Fund's Transatlantic Academy, where he researched Russia's use of economic tools in foreign policy. 

Chris also studies contemporary Chinese political economy, and has published on topics such as China's debt burden and its Belt and Road Initiative.



At The Fletcher School, Chris teaches courses on US-Russian relations and the history of US foreign relations.

Previously, he served as Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy at Yale University, where he co-taught a course in Grand Strategy as well as teaching history seminars on the history of financial crises and on Russian economic history. Before that, Chris served as a lecturer in history at the New Economic School in Moscow.


Chris received his PhD and MA from Yale University and his BA from Harvard University.


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