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Ben Noble

Ben Noble

Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College
New College
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Room 6, 8 New College Lane

I am the Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College. I have an MPhil in Russian and East European studies and a BA in PPE, both from Oxford.

I’m interested in what legislatures do in non-democratic regimes. My research so far has focussed on policy-making practices and outputs in the State Duma – the lower chamber of the Russian federal parliament. I’m particularly interested in cases jarring with the conventional wisdom that authoritarian assemblies are simply ‘rubber stamps’; my DPhil dissertation looks at cases of executive bill failure and amendment. Recent work has attributed such cases to legislative autonomy. In contrast, I argue that they result from policy disputes between rival factions of the executive.


I have a secondary research interest in the politics of criminal law policy, with a focus on reform dynamics in post-Soviet states. I have collaborated in this area with Professor Peter Solomon (University of Toronto). 

Prelims: Introduction to Politics – The Practice of Politics (New College)


Finals: Comparative Government; Political Sociology; Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union (New College, St John’s, St Catherine’s, Lincoln)

I have taken part in student outreach activities for the DPIR, including helping to organise and run the Oxford Parliament Day in November 2015, and giving a talk on authoritarianism at the Cheney School, Oxford, in January 2014. 


In collaboration with scholars and commentators from Russia and the US, I am participating in a project analysing contemporary Russian politics. The project – called Russia Political Insight ( – is led by Professor Dan Treisman (UCLA); the findings will be published as a book in early 2017.