Brian Whitmore is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas-Arlington’s McDowell Center for Global Studies and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. He is also the founder and author of The Power Vertical Blog and host of The Power Vertical Podcast, both of which focus on Russian affairs.
Whitmore also worked as a Senior Russia Analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), where he was employed for 11 years from 2007-17. Before joining RFE/RL, Whitmore worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and Prague.
He has worked as a graduate lecturer in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odesa, Ukraine, and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.
His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, Newsweek, and elsewhere. He has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, the BBC World Service, NPR, Bloomberg, and various other media.
A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Whitmore earned an MA in Political Science from Villanova University in 1987 and BA in Politics from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia in 1986.