Nicolai N. Petro is a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island and has previously taught at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and an honorary doctorate from Novgorod State University in Russia.
During the collapse of the Soviet Union he served as special assistant for policy in the US State Department. He is the author or editor of eight books and has written about Russia for The American Interest, Asia Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Harvard International Review, and Washington Times, and Wilson Quarterly.
He is currently on sabbatical leave as a US Fulbright Research Scholar in Odessa, Ukraine.