Lincoln Mitchell is a writer and specialist in political development. He has worked on democracy and governance related issues in the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also works with businesses and NGOs globally, particularly in the former Soviet Union. Lincoln writes about US politics as well, serving as the national political correspondent for The New York Observer. Lincoln also was on the faculty of Columbia University's School of International Affairs from 2006-2013 and worked for years as a political consultant in New York City advising and managing domestic political campaigns.
Lincoln Mitchell’s current and recent clients include the United Nations Democracy Fund, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Freedom House, Democracy International, ARD/Tetratech, the Albright Stonebridge Group, the UNDP and DFID.
Dr. Mitchell is an accomplished scholar whose current research includes US-Georgia relations, political development in the former Soviet Union, the role of democracy promotion in American foreign policy and the future of baseball. His first book, Uncertain Democracy: US Foreign Policy and Georgia’s Rose Revolution, was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2008. His second book, The Color Revolutions, also from the University of Pennsylvania Press was published in June of 2012. His third book, The Democracy Promotion Paradox, was published by Brookings in 2016. Will Big League Baseball Survive will be published by Temple University Press in 2016 as well. Mitchell has written articles on these topics in The National Interest, Orbis, The Moscow Times, the Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, Survival, the Central Asian Survey, World Affairs Journal, The New York Daily News and Current History as well as for numerous online publications including the online sections of The Washington Post and The New York Times and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Eurasianet, and Transitions Online. Lincoln has been quoted extensively in most major American, Georgian and Russian newspapers and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs and podcasts including Fox and Friends, All Things Considered, Lou Dobbs, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera America, the Jim Lehrer Newshour, ABC Nightline, the Diane Rehm Show, Up and In: The Baseball Prospectus Podcast, The BBC as well as in Russian and Georgian television. Lincoln is also a frequent blogger on The Huffington Post where he writes primarily about and baseball.
Lincoln earned his Ph.D from Columbia University’s department of political science in 1996.