527 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger St.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
His research focuses on the effect of the Internet and new communications technologies on politics. His dissertation, Information and Revolution, zooms in specifically on the effect of such technologies on the chances for revolution in authoritarian states. Methodologically, it combines formal modeling, latent variable analysis, and a case study of the former Soviet Union in finding some interesting, and delightfully counter-intuitive, results.
Work currently under review include articles entitled: 'How to Control the Internet', 'A Hidden Market: Identifying Class Conflict in Russia's Regions', and 'Measuring Legislative Influence: A Social Network Approach' (with Nils Ringe).
He teaches courses on Post-communist and Russian politics, Russian foreign policy, and introductions to comparative and American politics.
Professor Wilson has a Bachelor's degree in engineering and history from Harvey Mudd College, in addition to Masters degrees in history and political science from the University of San Diego and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, respectively.