Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

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Doctoral Student Fellows

 

2012-2013

 

Bret Barrowman

Bret Barrowman is a Ph.D. student in political science developing a dissertation on public sector corruption and reform in clientelist political systems, with a focus on comparing civil service reform in the Republic of Georgia and Ukraine. His research interests include corruption, political clientelism, political parties, informal institutions, and state-building, with an emphasis on the former Soviet Union. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Studies from Stetson University, and an M.A. in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.


Stefanie Costa


Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell is a Ph.D. student in political science, focusing on the political economy of financial politics, especially on state responses to banking and financial crises. His research examines the ways in which divergent patterns of organization of private actors shapes the political strength of banks in crisis, and thus the policy options chosen by states. His dissertation examines state responses to the 2007-2009 crisis in Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.A. from Boston College. He speaks German and French.

 

2011-2012

Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz is a Ph.D. student of Political Science, focusing on the role of identity in international relations along multiple levels of analysis. She is interested in the salience of particular identities (ethnic, religious, state/civic national) in particular contexts, as well as the strategic construction and adoption of national identities and the domestic push-back against such attempted constructions. Her dissertation project examines how domestic contestation over national identity informs and constrains the formulation of foreign policy in Turkey. Previously she worked as a case manager and grant-writer for a homeless coalition in Washington and as a pastry chef in Chicago. She speaks Spanish, French, German, and Turkish, and looks forward to learning more.

 

2010-2011

Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz is a third-year Ph.D. student of Political Science, focusing on the role of identity in international relations along multiple levels of analysis. She is interested in the salience of particular identities (ethnic, religious, state/civic national) in particular contexts, as well as the strategic construction and adoption of national identities and the domestic push-back against such attempted constructions. Her dissertation project examines how domestic contestation over national identity informs and constrains the formulation of foreign policy in Turkey. Previously she worked as a case manager and grant-writer for a homeless coalition in Washington and as a pastry chef in Chicago. She speaks Spanish, French, German, and Turkish, and looks forward to learning more.


Brian Edward Karlsson

Brian Edward Karlsson is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science. His dissertation, "The Politics of Immigration in the Shadows of the Nazi Past" analyzes the use of the Nazi past in political discourse over immigration in Germany from 1980-2003 with a primary focus on asylum policy and formal Bundestag debates. In 2009-2010 he was a visiting fellow at the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at Freie Universitat, Berlin. He holds a BA in Economics from The University of Chicago.


Charles Sullivan

Charles Sullivan is a Ph.D. student in Political Science developing a dissertation on Soviet nostalgia in Russia today. He holds a B.A. from the University of Delaware and a M.A. from the University of South Carolina. Charles is a comparativist who focuses on the former Soviet Union. He regularly travels to Russia and spends much of his time residing in the Republic of Tatarstan.

 

2009-2010

Elizabeth Charles
Ph.D. candidate at GWU

Research topic: the effects of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative on Gorbachev's policies


Lisel Hintz
Ph.D. candidate at GWU

Research topic: EU-Turkey relations and their effect on Turkish identity


Medlir Mema
Ph.D. candidate at GWU

Research topic: US and European perspectives on the creation of the International Criminal Court

 

2008-2009

Elizabeth Charles
Ph.D. candidate - History

Research topic: the effects of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative on Gorbachev's policies


Malgorzata Gnoinska
Ph.D. candidate - History

Dissertation topic: Poland and the Cold War in Asia, 1949-1976.


Brian Karlsson
Ph.D. candidate - Political Science

Dissertation project: The influence of the German past on how German political parties approach immigration issues.


Medlir Mema
Ph.D. candidate - Political Science

Project: The interaction between small and great powers, and more specifically on the affect that EU-U.S. disagreements have on the countries of South Eastern Europe.


Matthew Shands Pickett
Master's candidate - International Affairs

A former Peace Corps/Uzbekistan volunteer, Matthew is researching Uzbekistan's strategic and economic relationships with the US, the E.U., Russia, and China. Research Project: "Uzbekistan: The New Great Game in the Age of Multipolarity."


Erik Reichborn-Kjennerud
Master's candidate - Security Policy Studies

Research Project: Risk Societies and the Future of NATO.

 

2007-2008

 

Peng Claire Bai
Master's candidate - International Affairs

Project: a comparative study of post-World War II experiences of Germany and China dealing with their past.


Bogdan Bonca
Ph.D. candidate - Economics

Projects: an analysis of the impact of government ideology on unemployment rates in Eastern Europe; and the economic impact of Romania's accession to the EU with regard to the minimum wage.


Elizabeth Charles
Ph.D. candidate - History

Dissertation project: the effects of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative on Gorbachev's policies.


Brian Karlsson
Ph.D. candidate - Political Science

Project: analyzing elite/intellectual discourse, national identity/history, and immigration in the German-speaking countries of Europe.


Medlir Mema
Ph.D. candidate - Political Science

Project: looking at the interaction between small and great powers and more specifically on the effect that EU-US disagreements have on the countries of South Eastern Europe.


Angela Peura
Master's candidate - International Science and Technology Policy

Project: Russia's space policy in the Putin era.


Raabia Shafi
Master's candidate - History

Project: master's thesis on Soviet and American handling of Islam in Afghanistan during the Soviet war there, 1979-1989.


 

2006-2007

 

Brian Edward Karlsson
Ph.D. Candidate - Comparative Politics/Political Theory

Researching the evolution of ethnic conflict in contemporary Europe, in particular the current tensions of the Slovene minority in Austria.


Ysbrant A. Marcelis
Master's candidate - International Affairs

Research topic: how the situation in Afghanistan plays a crucial role in defining the future of NATO and the EU.


Medlir Mema
Ph.D. candidate - Political Science


Researching the competing influences of international organizations on individual states in the Balkans, starting with Albania.


Christopher Paun
Master's candidate - International Studies

Comparing police reforms in Poland, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the context of democratization.


Angela Peura
Master's candidate - International Science/Technology Policy

Analyzing Kazakhstan's space program, its relationship to Russia and the program's prospects for aiding the development and diversification of Kazakhstan's economy.

 

Undergraduate Student Fellows

2008-2009

Megan Kohler
International Affairs

Research Project: "Culture and Authority: The Russian View on Government."


Ewa Wieslaw
International Affairs and Geography

Research Project: "Polish migration to the United Kingdom: Challenges and Opportunities."


William Nomikos
International Affairs

Research Project: "The Junta in Power: Study of the Relative Causes of the 1967 Greek Colonels' Coup"

 

2007-2008

 

Bayram Abbasov
Political Science and International Affairs

Research project: understanding the failure of opposition parties in Azerbaijan and elsewhere in the former Soviet Union.


Justin R. Anderson
International Affairs

Research project: recent current developments of the European Security and Defense Policy and the changing relationship between the EU and NATO.


Mara Eckerson
International Affairs

Research project: EU-Baltic relations, especially Latvia.


Paul Gleger
International Affairs

Research project: obstacles faced by US and EU corporations expanding operations into Ukraine and Russia.


Kelly McPhillips
International Affairs

Research project: comparison of immigration and multicultural policies in France and the UK.

 

2006-2007

 

Joanna Brucker
Anthropology

For her senior thesis, Ms. Brucker will conduct an in-depth analysis of anthropological theory and literature related to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), particularly how they relate to Greece, Greek Civil Society and the Immigrant/Alien/Refugee conditions in modern Greece. She will also draw upon her own experiences from living in Athens and interning at a local NGO focusing on refugee rights. Ms. Brucker is a University Honors Student, National Presidential Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Margaret Chamberlin
Economics and International Affairs

Researching how historical influences continue to affect the current economic situations in Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. Her work will be an extension of her previous studies on the Kuchma era and its impact the Yushchenko administration. Ms. Chamberlin is a National Presidential Scholar and a member of the Women's Leadership Program.


James Fehleison
International Affairs

Concentrating on two distinct areas of Russian and Soviet foreign policy. First, he will analyze Soviet-Afghan relations in the period before the Soviet invasion. Second, Mr. Fehleison will look at Russia's current relations with the former Soviet states in the context of Russia's economic resurgence. Mr. Fehleison is a University Honors Student and a National Presidential Scholar.


Agnes Malatinszky
International Affairs and Philosophy

Conducting research on the status of Roma in Hungary and other Eastern and Central European countries. In the summer of 2006, she received the George Gamow Fellowship to travel to Hungary and examine the conflict between Roma and Hungarians. Her work as a Fellow will be a continuation of this research. Ms. Malatinszky is a Presidential Scholarship recipient and a National Merit Scholar.


Whitney Nollau
International Affairs

Researching the levels of democratization and market reforms in Poland, Czech Republic and Hungary since joining the European Union. In addition, she will look at Russia's policies towards the former Eastern bloc countries. Ms. Nollau will also draw from her experience as a student in Budapest where she interned with the NATO Partnership for Peace program.


Chintan Patel
International Affairs and Political Science

Analyzing how liberal intergovernmentalism explains EU policy outcomes and he is working closely with Michal Safianik, IERES Visiting Scholar, on the Institute's "EU — Challenges Ahead" lecture series.


Katherine Ruppert
International Affairs

Conducting a comparative study of German minorities living in Silesia and the Sudentenland. Her topic stems from her study abroad program, which focused on nationalism and ethnic conflict in Central and Eastern Europe. Ms. Ruppert has also interned with DFI International and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.


Christopher Wong
International Affairs and Anthropology

Analyzing organ trafficking in Eastern Europe from an anthropological perspective. His work will culminate in his senior honors thesis, which explores questions of structural violence, the body as commodity and balancing medical, social and economic risks. Mr. Wong is in the George Washington University's honors program and is a Presidential Scholarship recipient.

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News

Professor Peter Rollberg, IERES director, was quoted in the New York Times' review of Andrey Zvyagintsev's new film "Leviathan."

Professor Henry Hale was interviewed by CNN on Putin's popular support.

Professor Henry Hale appears as a guest on Scholar’s Circle, a syndicated radio talk show, to speak about Russia’s relations with the West.

Professor Peter Rollberg was interviewed by BuzzFeedNews about Johnson's Russia List, which is published through IERES. The article was reprinted by the Ukrainian service StopFake.org

Professor Robert Orttung co-authors article on increasing media censorship in Russia.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes article on Russia's policy-drivers in the Arctic.

Professor Eliot Sorel analyzes recent presidential elections in Romania.

Professor Marlene Laruelle's paper on Russia's policy towards Central Asia published in EUCAM.

Associate Director Cory Welt analyzes the current Georgian political climate in Foreign Policy.

Professor Hope Harrison authors an article in The Washington Post about five myths surrounding the Berlin Wall and another article in The Wilson Quarterly about German perspectives on the fall of the Wall. Read the articles here and here. In addition, a German-language article of hers devoted to the fall of the Wall recently appeared in the Berlin Tagesspiegel, and she was recently filmed in a video created by the US Embassy in Germany where she explains the building and fall of the Berlin Wall.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times about Ukraine's recent elections.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on the Kremlin's international propaganda practices.

Recent Mumbai water conference covered by the Times of India.

Participants in a recent conference Central Asia Program speakers quoted by Al Jazeera on Uyghur affairs.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.

Associate Director Cory Welt was interviewed on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia, and U.S. policy. Read the transcripts here and here.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.

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