Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5346 USA
- Democratization and institutional design
- Civil society and social movements
- Micro approaches to poverty alleviation in developing countries
- Russian and Central Asian politics
- Civil society's role in advocacy and development
- Rural development in the former Soviet Union
Dr. Jim Butterfield is a professor and director of graduate studies in the Department of Political Science at Western Michigan University.
In 2009-2010 Butterfield was a visiting Fulbright scholar in the Political Science Department at Saratov State University in Russia. He was also a visiting faculty at Kazakh State Agro-Technical University in Astana, Kazakhstan in May 2013. In the early 2000s, he was twice a visiting research associate at the University of Cape Town's Centre for African Studies in South Africa. His research interests focus on civil society activism, including small business advocacy in Russia and social mobilization for poverty alleviation in poor communities in South Africa. Butterfield is the faculty director of the Summer in Istanbul study abroad program. He is a member of the Faculty Senate International Education Council and the College of Arts and Sciences International Committee and is also fluent in Russian.
Among his publications are articles in:
- Comparative Politics
- Communist and Post-Communist Studies
- Middle Eastern Critique
- The Journal of Peasant Studies
- Comparative Economic Studies
- Nationalities Papers
Butterfield has also co-edited a volume on social movements in the former Soviet Union with Judith Sedaitis.