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Michael E. Aleprete

Michael E. Aleprete


Political Science Faculty

(724) 946-7254

Campus Location:
   Old Main
Mailbox: 99


About Me

Trained in the areas of international conflict, international relations theory, and the comparative politics of the former Soviet Union, Dr. Aleprete's research interests include, the political geography of border areas, U.S. and Russian foreign policy, nationalism and third-party interventions in war. Professor Aleprete teaches a wide range of International Relations and Comparative Politics courses for the College. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University and earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pittsburgh. 

Dr. Aleprete's writings have appeared in a variety of publications including Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, International Interactions, Journal of International Relations and Development, Democracy and Security, Russian History, The Russian Review, Operant Subjectivity, Comparative Political Systems and The American Review of Canadian Studies. He also published an edited volume, The International Dimensions of Authoritarian Persistence: Lessons from the Post-Soviet Space, and currently serves on the editorial board of Lexington Press' Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Politics Book Series.

Dr. Aleprete has held positions at several liberal arts colleges before coming to Westminster. He currently serves as the Director of Global Engagement, the Program Coordinator for International Studies and the Faculty Advisor for Westminster's Model United Nations student organization. 

A native of Pittsburgh, he currently lives in Zelienople, PA with his wife and two children.



Aleprete Michael and Michael Slobodchikoff (2020) “The Impact of Russian Led Eurasian Integration on the International Relations of the Post-Soviet Space” Europe-Asia Studies, Vol 72 July 2020.

Rhoades, J. C. and Aleprete, Michael E. (2019) “Q Methodology and the Study of Political Opinion: The Case of President Trump’s Foreign Policy Toward North Korea” Sage, Research Methods Cases. [online]

Aleprete, Michael (2017) “Minimizing Loss: Explaining Russian Policy Choices during the Ukrainian Crisis.” Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 44(1):53-75

Aleprete, Michael and Rachel Vanderhill editors, (2013) The International Dimensions of Authoritarian Persistence: Lessons from the Post-Soviet States. Lanham, UK: Lexington Press

Aleprete, Michael and Aaron Hoffman. (2012) The Strategic Development of Border Areas: Explaining Variation in Interaction Opportunity across Land Borders. International Interactions 37(1), 1- 28.