Brian A. Boecherer


Political Science

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Brian Boecherer focuses on the development of political trust in new democracies with a specialization in law & society and comparative politics.  With an area focus on the Former Soviet Union, and especially Estonia, his dissertation uses law as a tool for understanding political trust.  His dissertation examines the post-Soviet integration laws which formed the foundation of Estonian and Russian-speaking relations in the newly re-independent Estonian Republic.  Using 33 original in-depth interviews Dr. Boecherer’s study seeks to use the perceived intention of law as a mechanism for understanding political trust.  How the integration laws disrupt or support one’s identity and self-understand determine the perceived intentions of the laws and the development of political trust.  Additional and complementing interests are: comparative law & society, nationalism, identity, law & emotion, and democratization.


M.A. University of Toronto, Munk Centre for International Studies; Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Major: Political Science; Minors: Russian and History
B.A. University of Connecticut, German Studies; Russian & East European Studies; Universität Konstanz, Study Abroad

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