Lincoln is an adjunct research scholar at Columbia University’s Arnold A. Salesman Institute of War and Peace Studies. His current research includes democratic rollback in the US, 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? Globalization, the End of Television, Youth Sports and the Future of Major League Baseball, was 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, The National 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, The New York Times. The Forward and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Eurasianet, and Transitions Online. 

Dr. Mitchell 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 Cespedes Family Barbecast, Sports Byline and The BBC as well as in Russian and Georgian television.  Lincoln also frequently blogs about American politics on several different online platforms.

Lincoln earned his BA from UC Santa Cruz and his Ph.D from Columbia University.