Scott Radnitz is an Associate Professor in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He is currently doing research on the role of conspiracy theories in the politics of post-Soviet states. Another project experimentally investigates the origins of political beliefs and identities, including papers on ethnicity and historical memory in the Caucasus and the determinants of belief in conspiracies in the US. He is also involved in collecting data on state-building and informal networks in Georgia before and after the Rose Revolution. He is a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security (PONARS) in Eurasia. He teaches courses on the international system in the twentieth century, social movements and revolutions, contemporary Central Asian politics, post-Soviet security, and failed states.