Vadim Joseph Rossman Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Vadim Joseph Rossman

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Vadim Rossman is currently a Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Saint Petersburg. He has lived and taught in the US, Russia, Israel, South East Asia and Central Europe and published on a broad range of topics, including nation-building, nationalism and ultra-nationalism, post-communism, geopolitics, European and Russian intellectual history, and urban studies.


Vadim Rossman is a social scientist and independent consultant.  He is the author of “Russian Intellectual Antisemitism in the Post-communist Era” (Lincoln & London: Nebraska University Press, 2002; second edition 2013), “The Two Specters of the 19th Century” (Beijing, 2011), “Capital Cities” (Moscow: Gaidar Institute of Economic Policies, 2013); “In Search of the Fourth Rome: Capital City Relocation Debates in Russia” (Higher School of Economics: Moscow, 2014).  In 2013 he also proposed, conceived and edited a Russian-language "Logos" journal's single-topic issue on capital city relocations globally (“The Rise, the Fall and the Transfer of Capital Cities”).  He has visited many purpose-built capitals on four continents and spoke with politicians, architects and scholars on both theoretical and practical implications of capital city transfers.  He also has consulted for many Fortune 100 companies.  Vadim Rossman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and Master's Degrees from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) and the McCombs School of Business.  


    University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. (1998)
    University of Texas at Austin, MBA (2000)
    Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ph.D.
    Moscow State University, Philosophy Dept, MA

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Nations and Nationalism, Nation-building, Urban Studies, Urbanization, Political Philosophy, Ethnic Relations, Far Right and Ultranationalism, Russian intellectual history, Chinese Studies, Comparative philosophy, European intellectual history, World History

Personal Interests

    Traveling, mountain biking, film, theater, art history


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Logos, №4, 2013

Capital City Transfers on the Agenda of Modern States

Published: Oct 07, 2013 by Logos, №4, 2013
Authors: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: Geography , History, Sociology & Social Policy, Area Studies

The article discusses the contexts and global issues involved in capital city relocation debates in different countries, the various concepts of a capital city and the peculiar patterns of these debates. The article also discusses the stakes and points of contention, their motives and hidden agendas. Capital cities’ relocations are viewed not as singular and unique experiments in urban planning but as social and political strategies evolving in more or less universal fashion

Slavic Review Vol. 72, No. 3 (FALL 2013), pp. 505-527

In Search of the Fourth Rome: Visions of a New Russian Capital City

Published: Oct 01, 2013 by Slavic Review Vol. 72, No. 3 (FALL 2013), pp. 505-527
Authors: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: Built Environment, Geography , History, Area Studies

Over the last 20 years Russia has experienced significant fluctuations in sentiments regarding the prospects and urgency of relocating the Russian capital city. In this article, Vadim Rossman examines the public debates on this topic, distinguishing several distinct new visions of society that emerged in the post-Soviet period. This article provides an overview and a critique of these debates and suggests that they should be viewed in the context of nation building.

Journal East European Jewish Affairs,  volume 32, 2002 - Issue 1

Lev Gumilev, Eurasianism and Khazaria

Published: Feb 07, 2002 by Journal East European Jewish Affairs, volume 32, 2002 - Issue 1
Authors: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: History, Archaeology, Area Studies, Asian Studies

This article examines Gumilev's Eurasianism and its influence on modern Russian, especially his treatment of Khazarian history



Interview with the New Yorker magazine

By: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: Urban Planning

In Putin's Moscow, an Urban Wilderness Emerge

MAY 17, 2017

Architects Liz Diller and Charles Renfro talk about their latest high-profile commission, a weather-bending (and politically charged) city park in the heart of the Russian capital.

Interview with the Washingtonian magazine

By: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: History, Urban Planning

Inside the Radical, Self-Destructive, and Probably Impossible Plan to Move the Government Out of Washington

A bill before Congress would relocate vast chunks of the government, transforming our city by hijacking its top employer. Right now, it’s a far-fetched right-wing fever dream. But it’s actually an old idea—and one that’s less partisan than its authors might think.

Interview in the Atlantic magazine (Citilab)

By: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: Urban Studies

Why Building New Capital Cities Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea, After All.

In a recent book, the academic Vadim Rossman argues that it can be a smart move, under certain circumstances.

Interview in the Global Urbanist

By: Vadim Joseph Rossman
Subjects: Urban Studies

Why do countries relocate their capital cities? Six strategies

Following the release of his book Capital Cities: varieties and patterns of development and relocation, Vadim Rossman explains the main trends and motivations behind a phenomenon as common as it is misunderstood.