Joe Kusluch's research interests involve authoritarianism, social movements, political economy, and labor movements. His dissertation focuses on protest movements and contentious politics in Russian industrial regions – particularly Monotowns. Prior to attending Kent State University, Kusluch earned a Master of Public and International Affairs degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a M.A. in Russian History from Youngstown State University, and a B.A. in History from Slippery Rock University.