Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Current Visiting Scholars
Gokhan Alper Ataser
Ph.D. Student, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Azerbaijani political elite in a period of multiple transformations
Gokhan Alper Ataser is a Ph.D. Student at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. His areas of interest include state-society relations, democratization, post-Soviet transitions, and the sociology of mass communication.
September 2011 – August 2012
Coming to Terms with the East German Past
Marianne Birthler recently stepped down as Germany's federal commissioner for the former East German Secret Police (Stasi) archives. Her achievements in Germany are a model for countries around the world in dealing with the legacy of secret police organizations who abuse their powers.
October 2011 – December 2011
Ph.D. Candidate, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
Manufacturing Separatism: Transnational Economy, Identity, and Politics on a Post-Soviet Frozen War Front
Rebecca A. Chamberlain-Creanga is finishing her PhD in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, specializing in industrial anthropology and the political-economy of identity and conflict. Chamberlain did participant-observation in urban heavy industry on both of Moldova's river banks, including in the secessionist Transnistrian region, for almost two years in 2004-06 for the study Cementing Modernization, supported by several Title VIII/US Department of State academic fellowships. She will continue this work at IERES, incorporating her most recent research on political change and conflict, including transnational dimensions and local-level sources of separatism.
As a former British Marshall Scholar to the United Kingdom, Chamberlain holds MSc and MA degrees from the LSE and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University College London). She received a BA in International Relations from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Chamberlain worked as a US Department of State (IREX Title VIII) Embassy Policy Specialist at the US Embassy Chisinau in summer 2007. Prior to her research on the Republic of Moldova, Chamberlain investigated issues of ethnicity and conflict in Bosnia and Croatia as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
February 2011– December 2011
Ph.D. Candidate at Claremont University
'Sector-switching' in Kazakhstan's healthcare industry
Dariga Chukmaitova is a Ph.D. candidate at Claremont Graduate University's School of Politics and Economics. While at IERES she is working on her dissertation, which examines the economic and behavioral factors influencing 'sector-switching' in Kazakhstan's health care industry; doctors switching from the national to the private system, which is not well established questioning reasons for why switch occurs. Dariga Chukmaitova received her MA in Public Administration in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
September 2010 – December 2011
Ph.D. Candidate at the London School of Economics, United Kingdom
January 2010 – December 2011
Mellon Fellow in Contemporary History
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation topic: "Holocaust Angst: The Federal Republic of Germany and Holocaust Memory in the United States, 1977-1990"
Jacob S. Eder has been selected as a Mellon Pre-doctoral Fellow in Cold War/Post-1945 International History for the 2011-2012 academic year. Eder is currently a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Pennsylvania, working on a dissertation project about German cultural diplomacy in the United States and its relevance for the formation of transnational Holocaust memory. His research focuses on this topic from three angles: the exponentially growing interest of American society in the Holocaust and its impact on German-American relations since the late 1970s, efforts in the United States on the part of the Federal Republic to (re-)claim the power of interpretation over the history of the Holocaust, and the reception of such policies in the United States by governmental or private institutions and individuals. Eder is also an associate member of the graduate school of the Jena Center 20th Century History, Germany, and he holds M.A. degrees from Penn and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he spent an academic year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He is the recipient of numerous academic grants and fellowships, including doctoral fellowships from the Gerda Henkel Foundation, the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the USHMM, and the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C.
September 2011 – July 2012
Ph.D. Candidate, Peking University, China
China's foreign policy toward the United States in the 1980s
Chao Fan is a Ph.D. Candidate at Peking University. His research interests include China's foreign relations, Chinese foreign policy decision-making, and especially Sino-US relations. He is particularly interested in the role that the USSR played in the Sino-US relationship. He received his M.A. in Diplomacy from the Department of Diplomacy at China Foreign Affairs University, the only institute under the auspices of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to train Chinese diplomats, and B.A. in English Literature and Linguistics from the Foreign Languages School at Yunnan University. He held an internship at the Foreign Affairs Office of the Yunnan Provincial Government. He participated in IERES' Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR) with the research topic: "The Cold War and the Origin of China's Foreign Aid Policy (1949-1965)."
September 2011– August 2012
Research Fellow, the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo, Japan
Research topic: Tatar merchants and their relationship with the government of the Russian Empire
Mami Hamamoto specializes in the history of Russian Muslims, especially Tatars. She received her Ph.D. (2006) at Kyoto University (Japan) and audited classes at the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow from 1999 to 2001. Her publications include: M. Hamamoto, N. Naganawa, D. Usmanova (eds.), Volgo-Ural'skii region v imperskom prostranstve. XVIII-XX vv. (The Volga-Ural region in the imperial space of the 18th to 20th centuries), Moscow: Vostochnaia Literatura, 2011; Seinaru roshia no isuramu: 17-18 seiki tatarujin no seikyou kaishu, (Islam in holy Russia: the Tatar conversion to the Russian Orthodox Church in the 17-18th centuries, in Japanese], Tokyo: University of Tokyo Press, 2009; and Kyousei no isuramu: Roshia no seikyoto to musurimu [Islam for harmonious coexistence: Christian- Muslim relations in Russia, in Japanese), Tokyo: Yamakawa Press, 2011.
September 2011 – September 2012
IERES Post-Doctoral Fellow in Eurasian Studies
Research topics: the sources and outcomes of the constitutional changes in Ukraine under the presidencies of Kuchma, Yushchenko and Yanukovych; conflict in Western Ukraine following the Soviet take-over in 1944
September 2011 – May 2012
IERES Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow in European Studies
Instructor, Koc University, Istanbul
"Ballot box and Tinderbox: Can Electoral Engineering Save Multiethnic Democracy?"
Since earning his Ph.D. at MIT, Evangelos Liaras has worked as a postdoctoral fellow and instructor at Koc University in Istanbul. His primary interests are ethnic conflict and electoral politics. At IERES, he will turn his dissertation "Ballot Box and Tinderbox: Can Electoral Engineering Save Multiethnic Democracy?," which received the American Political Science Association' s Juan Linz Award, into a book. The study examined the impact of electoral reforms on conflict in four divided societies: Northern Ireland, Turkey, Sri Lanka, and Guyana.
September 2011 – May 2012
Research Fellow, Hokkaido University, Japan
Fellow of the International Training Program for Young Scholars, the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan
Russia's Energy Policy in the Far East and East Siberia
Xu Liu is a research fellow at the Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, and is currently studying Russia's energy policy and energy cooperation in Northeast Asia. He earned two bachelor's degrees from Peking University, one in Russian Literature and the other in Economics, and has studied at Tsukuba University and Hokkaido University. Dr. Liu later received his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University. He is a regular writer for the opinion corner of the Economic Research Institute for Northeast Asia (ERINA) and has published papers related to Russia's energy policy in academic journals and industry magazines in four languages: Japanese, Chinese, Russian and English. Dr. Liu has also presented at numerous international conferences.
July 2011 – May 2012
Researching the role of moral shock in early 1999 Serbian protests and the 1996-97 protest in Central Serbia
July 2010 – July 2012
Mellon Fellow in Contemporary History
Ph.D. Candidate, University of Virginia
Dissertation topic: "A Dialogue of Power: Development, Global Civil Society, and the Third World Challenge to International Order, 1970-1988"
Victor Nemchenok has been selected as a Pre-doctoral Mellon Fellow in Contemporary History for the 2011-2012 academic year. Nemchenok is currently a doctoral candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. His dissertation project, entitled "A Dialogue of Power: Development, Global Civil Society, and the Third World Challenge to International Order, 1970-1988," examines how the developing world's economists and intellectuals sought to use the international development agenda to mount a challenge to the power and influence of the economically advanced countries. He has conducted archival research in Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, and France for this project.
September 2011 – July 2012
Professor, Peking University, China
The Origin of New China's Asia Policy in the 1980s
At Peking University, Dr. Niu teaches the courses Analysis of China's Foreign Policymaking and the Foreign Relations of the Peoples' Republic of China since 1949. His research is focused on China's foreign policymaking since 1949, US foreign policy, and the Sino-US relationship. His recent publications include: From Yan'an to the World: The Origin and Development of Chinese Communist Foreign Policy, Towards a History of Chinese Communist Foreign Relations (1920s-1960s),Lengzhan yu zhongguo (The Cold War and China).
Niu has been in residence as several well-known institutions including as a Guest Senior Fellow at the Nobel Institute, Norway and a Visiting Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Department of History and the Center of Asia Studies at Hong Kong University, the Department of History at The University of North Carolina, and the Institute of East Asian Studies at University of California, Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. from People's University of China in 1988.
August 2011 – January 2012
Margaret "Maggie" Paxson
Senior Associate, the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
"Remembering the Good: Legacies of Rescue and Resistance in the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon"
Maggie Paxson is researching how the extraordinary rescue efforts on the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon during the Holocaust are recalled--in story and in action--by the local community. She has studied memory in rural communities for years (until now, in Russia's north and its Caucasus in the south), and has recently grown more and more drawn to the kinds of social/moral questions that deal with how communities--when surrounded by terrible circumstances (and aggressive states)--can resist the call to violence and hatred and can emerge in collective efforts towards social good. The Plateau has shown a long-term, resilient tradition of this kind of rescue and resistance: from periods of Huguenot flight from France; to periods of taking in poor urban children in the 19thcentury; to accepting refugees from the Spanish Civil war; to its singular actions during the Second World War; to the present day, as it accepts refugees from all over the world and helps integrate them into French society. In her research, she asks: How can the determined wartime rescue effort in the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon be understood not only as a cluster of individual, altruistic acts, but as a sustained group action that endured and, indeed, proved deeply resilient, during several of Europe's darkest years. Where did that resilience lie? And does it endure to this day?
This project has entailed field research in the region of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, where she has spoken with villagers about the events during the war, but also about other historical periods, focusing both on what villagers themselves remember and what stories they have heard recounted by others. In the course of this research, she also asks other, broader questions about contemporary life in the village: including learning more generally about how people conceive of a "right society"; about religion, broadly defined; about principles of "welcome" and exchange, etc. She plans future research trips to participate in local commemorations and holidays and learn how principles of "welcome" might be acted out in the village today. The Plateau is currently home to over a dozen families that are seeking refugee status in France; a key part of research will also involve understanding how these families are excepted into village life.
January 2011 – December 2011
Francisco Javier Rodriguez Jimenez
Fulbright Scholar; the University of Salamanca, Spain
American cultural diplomacy after World War II
September 2010 – September 2012
University of Bridgeport, United States
Town planning and architecture of provincial Russia; history of English law firms in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester
New media and politics in the European Union and Eastern Europe
Olesya Tkacheva recently completed a Ph.D. in public policy and political science at the University of Michigan and then was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Rochester. At IERES, her research focuses on new media and politics in the European Union and Eastern Europe.
August 2010 – August 2012
"Diasporas, Genocide, and International Law: Russia and the Circassian Community in the Context of the Global World"
Sufian Zhemukhov is a Heyward Isham Visiting Scholar in Russian and East European Studies, working on a project entitled Diasporas, Genocide, and International Law: Russia and the Circassian Community in the Context of Global World. He defended his PhD at the Institute of Ethnology of Russian Academy of Science in 1997, and has worked in Nalchik as director of the Teacher Training Institute (2000-2004), and editor-in-chief of the newspapers Kabardino-Balkarskaia Pravda (2006-2007) and Voice of Kabarda (since 2011). He is a former Kennan-Fulbright Scholar (2005-2006) and recently received fellowships from the US Institute of International Education and the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. His research interests include Islam in the North Caucasus, theory and practice of nationalities, and more specifically the problems in the Circassian world. He has published several books including - World Outlook of Khan-Girei (1997), History of Villige Kakhun (1998), The Life of Shora Nogma (2002), Philosophy of History of Shora Nogma (2007), a book of poetry Mystery of the Soul (1999) and received a Government award for his play Hajji's Dagger in 2011. He has also published many articles, including those with PONARS Eurasia, which he has been a member of since 2008. His academic interests intermix with his practical life - working on Circassian and Islamic issues, he cofounded and became a Director of NGO 2012 World Circassian Games, climbed the highest European mountain Elbrus in support of the project (2009), and performed Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca (2009).
May 2011 – December 2011
The Unique Role of the American University of Central Asia
Wednesday, March 12, 4:30-7:00
Explaining the Latest Developments in Ukraine
Friday, March 14, 12:00-1:00
Russian Rock Music Today
Tuesday, March 18, 4:00-5:00
PONARS publishes its Chisinau workshop booklet, The Vilnius Moment.
Central Asia Program director, Marlene Laruelle, and cultural anthropologist, Sean Roberts, publish a blog post in The Washington Post on the effects of Ukraine's revolution on Central Asia.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments in Voice of America on the fate of the G8 and on the possability of sanctions against Russia [in Russian] (March 3, 2014).
Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments in Voice of America on the Western response to Ukraine [in Russian] (March 3, 2014).
Associate Director Cory Welt writes on the formation of a new Ukrainian government [in Russian].
Professor Harris Mylonas wins 2014 Council of European Studies Book Award Prize for his book The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities.
Professor James Hershberg edits volume on the Cold War and ice hockey politics.
Professor James Hershberg authors book chapter on the end of the Cold War and Cold War history.
Assistant Director Robert Orttung speaks about Ukraine after Yanukovych.
Professor Scheherazade Rehman blogs about the failure to predict financial crises.
Visiting Scholar Sufian Zhemukhov quoted in New York Times article on construction for the Sochi Olympics.
Associate Director Cory Welt writes about resolving the crisis in Ukraine.
Latvian website reports on IERES event on state media [in Russian].
Visiting Scholar Jean-Francois Ratelle discusses the myth of the black widow.