Sergei Antonov is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. He holds a Ph.D. in History from Columbia and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. Sergei has worked extensively with pre-Soviet legal records and is especially interested in learning about the engagement between the legal system and ordinary Russians who otherwise left no written records. His current book project examines the culture of money and private property in imperial Russia from the perspective of personal debt, including credit networks and related cultural attitudes, the role of kinship and family, debt imprisonment, credit fraud and forgery, and debt-related litigation, especially in the pre-1864 courts. His second book-length project will be a history of corruption, organized and white-collar crime in imperial Russia.
Margaret Beissinger’s scholarship and teaching center on Balkan oral traditions, Romani (Gypsy) culture, oral epic, and Balkan languages and literatures. She is especially interested in the role of Roma as performers of traditional and popular culture in Balkan society, oral epic as a genre, and gender and narrative in eastern Europe. Until she joined Princeton’s Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in fall 2006, she was an Associate Professor in the Slavic Department and Folklore Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also taught Balkan languages and comparative oral literature.
Anya Bernstein is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Social Studies at Harvard University. Her forthcoming book, Religious Bodies Politic: Rituals of Sovereignty in Buryat Buddhism (University of Chicago Press, edp 2013) focuses on the ways in which religion and politics have intersected under conditions of rapid social change in terms raised by recent work on sovereignty and postsocialism. In her current project, Bernstein explores religion, secularism, and censorship in Russia in an attempt to think through the moral dilemmas that have animated passions behind recent post-Soviet culture wars, particularly conflicts between contemporary artists, the Russian Orthodox Church, and perceptions of society at large. Bernstein holds a PhD in Anthropology from New York University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Michigan Society of Fellows. She is also a documentary filmmaker who produced several award-winning documentary films, including Join Me in Shambhala (2002) and In Pursuit of the Siberian Shaman (2006).
Elena A. Bogdanova works as a researcher at the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR http://www.cisr.ru), Saint Petersburg and as a member of the editorial board of Laboratorium (soclabo.org). Since 2009 she has been leading a research group “Law and Society” in CISR. She was awarded a PhD in Sociology in 2006 (European University at St.Petersburg), and currently she is writing her second PhD thesis in Legislative Studies at the University of Eastern Finland. She has published approximately 20 papers, one of which was awarded the Merit Award Certificate of the International Sociological Association. In 2007–2008, she taught qualitative methods in sociological research at the Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg. At present she is working on a book manuscript on the legal order of Russian society since the late Soviet period. Her research interests include the anthropology and sociology of law and justice, Soviet society, social structure, and qualitative methods in sociological research.
Amieke Bouma studied history (BA 2007) and European studies (MA 2008) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), with theses on contemporary politics in Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. During her study she also worked for the Alfred Mozer Foundation of the Dutch Social Democratic Party, in the position of editor for regular news bulletins on Central/Eastern Europe and Central Asia. For this foundation, she also directed several training events for democratic youth organizations in Russia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and other ENP countries (since 2008). In 2009-11 Amieke conducted, at the University of Halle-Wittenberg (Germany) and VU University Amsterdam, a research project on historiography in Turkmenistan (published in the German Jahrbücher für die Geschichte Osteuropas). Since 2010 she has a PhD position at the VU University Amsterdam (2010-15). She is working on a project on GDR regime-near groups in the post-Wende period in Eastern Germany. For this project she has conducted fieldwork in Berlin.
Jane Burbank is Collegiate Professor and Professor of History and Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. She is the author of Intelligentsia and Revolution: Russian Views of Bolshevism, 1917-1922, Russian Peasants Go to Court: Legal Culture in the Countryside, 1905-1917, and, with Frederick Cooper, Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference. Her latest volume on Russian empire is Russian Empire: Space, People, Power 1700-1930, co-edited with Mark von Hagen and the late Anatolyi Remnev. She is now working on a monograph about imperial law and Russian sovereignty from 1870 to 1917, viewed from the province of Kazan.
Shawn Clybor (Visiting Assistant Professor, Manhattan College) is a historian of East-Central Europe with a focus on the interwar era and post-1945 establishment of communist rule. He is interested in political domination and communist cultural politics. He completed his dissertation at Northwestern University in Fall 2010. Entitled, Culture and Communism: Czechoslovakia and the Czech Avant-Garde, 1920-1956, the project considers how a cohort of avant-garde artists transformed into high-ranking functionaries of the Czechoslovak Communist Party. Dr. Clybor has published two articles from his doctoral research, and recently completed a draft of his book manuscript, which is under consideration at an academic press. Funding for his research has come from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the US Department of Education (Fulbright-Hays), the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Research (BCICS) at Northwestern University. Before moving to New York City, where he currently resides, Dr. Clybor spent two years as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History Department at Utah State University.
Stephanie DeGooyer is Assistant Professor of English at Willamette University. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Cornell University. Her research and teaching interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, human rights theory and politics, aesthetics, and the history of the novel. She is currently at work on a manuscript, Feeling the Way: Sentimentalism to Revolution in Eighteenth-Century Writing, which theorizes a crucial connection between political status and the cathartic properties of literature. In addition to published articles and reference entries on 18th-century literature and philosophy, she has an essay on the rhetoric of democracy as a “gift” forthcoming in Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights. She is also at work on collaborative project that re-examines the politics of the 18th-century “marriage market” in order to critique the place of love in contemporary arguments about same-sex marriage. She is the Director of the Moonlighter Presents lecture series in New York City.
Martin Dimitrov is Associate Professor of Political Science at Tulane University. He is the author of Piracy and the State: The Politics of Intellectual Property Rights in China (Cambridge University Press, 2009; paperback 2012) and of Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Dictatorship and Information: Autocratic Regime Resilience in Communist Europe and China. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University in 2004 and has held residential fellowships at the American Academy in Berlin; the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Notre Dame; the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford; the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard; and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard.
Anna Dolidze is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Western University where she is also a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post Conflict Reconstruction. At Western Anna teaches Public International Law and Property, Law and Development. Anna is also a Joachim Herz Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy of German Marshall Fund, working within a multi-disciplinary research group towards the Academy’s annual theme: The Future of the Western Liberal Order. Anna’s research interests are in property law and theory, law and development, human rights, and international law. Her regional expertise is in Eastern Europe and post-communist countries. Anna has published in international law journals, peer-reviewed publications and collected volumes. Anna has also authored reports for a number of international organizations, including the United Nations Development Program and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Caryl Emerson is A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, where she chairs the Slavic Department with a co-appointment in Comparative Literature. A translator and critic of Mikhail Bakhtin, she has also published widely on nineteenth-century Russian literature (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), on the history and relevance of literary criticism (here and in the Slavic world), and on Russian opera and vocal music. Recent publications include The Cambridge Introduction to Russian Literature (2008) and, coauthored with Chester Dunning, The Uncensored Boris Godunov (2006). Current research interests center around archival reconstructions of dramatic productions destined for (but disappeared from) the Moscow stage in the 1930s: Boris Godunov, Evgenii Onegin, and Egyptian Nights, all with Prokofiev’s incidental music.
Gilles Favarel-Garrigues, CNRS Senior Research Fellow in CERI / Sciences Po, Paris. Holds a Ph.D. in political science (2000) from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (IEP). He joined the CNRS and the CERI in 2001. His doctoral thesis focused on the fight against economic crime in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia from 1965 until 1995. His researches deal with the international mobilizations against transnational criminal threats and with the transformation of Russian law-enforcement agencies. He teaches at Sciences Po and in other French universities. He has recently published in English : Policing Economic Crime in Russia. From Soviet Planned Economy to Privatization, London and New york, Hurst / Columbia University Press, 2011. He has also edited with Jean-Louis Briquet Organized Crime and States. The Hidden face of Politics, New York, Palgrave, 2010
Milla Fedorova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages at Georgetown University. She graduated from Moscow State University where she studied Russian Literature and Language. She wrote her Doctoral thesis on Russian Postmodernist Poetry in 2000. Before joining the Slavic Languages Department at Georgetown in 2006, she taught courses in Russian Language and Culture at University of Illinois at Chicago. Her area of expertise is twentieth century literature, film, and Russian Internet. She is especially interested in intertextual relations: in the texts she studies, she searches for patterns and unexpected connections that sometimes go beyond the twentieth century. She researched Hoffman’s subtexts in Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov’s argument with Tolstoy, Rousseau’s influence on Pushkin. Fedorova’s book Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York: America and Americans in Russian Literary Perspective is coming out in March, 2013 (Northern Illinois University Press)
Maria Cristina Galmarini is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at James Madison University, where she also coordinates the Minor in Russian Studies. Her most recent publication, “Defending the Rights of Gulag Prisoners: The Story of the Political Red Cross, 1918-38,” has appeared in The Russian Review in January 2012. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled The “Right to Be Helped”: Entitlement and Marginalization in Soviet Russia, 1917-1950. The project aims to be a book-long study of entitlements to social assistance among people with disabilities and other marginalized social groups in the Soviet Union between 1917 and 1950.
Irena Grudzinska Gross is Associate Research Scholar, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton. Her main scholarly interests are modern European intellectual history and literature. Her first book,The Scar of Revolution,dealt with the 19th century French authors Alexis de Tocqueville and Astolphe de Custine and, in the enlarged version, the Polish Romantic Adam Mickiewicz; the book was concerned with their visions of Russia and the United States. Her second book was also comparative in nature as it analyzed the recent East European and American cultural history on the basis of friendship between Czeslaw Milosz and Joseph Brodsky. In 2012, she collaborated with Jan T. Gross on Golden Harvest, the book about some aspects of post-Holocaust history in Poland. She also published in that year the collection of essays Honor, Horror, and the Classics.
Olga Peters Hasty is Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton. She devotes her scholarly work primarily to poets of the 19th century and the modernist period (e.g. Pushkin, Pavlova, Pasternak, and Tsvetaeva). Two areas of her long-standing interest are gender and temporality. More recently she has explored theories relating to translatability on two distinct, but interrelated levels: between genres (literature to film) and between cultures.
Kathryn Hendley is the William Voss-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Visiting Fellow in the Program on Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University for the 2012-13 academic year. Her research explores how Russians think about law and how law works on a day-to-day basis for Russian firms and individuals. She has published a number of articles that investigate how inchoate disagreements evolve into full-fledged disputes or are ignored or resolved amicably. Her work has been published in a wide range of social science journals, including Law & Social Inquiry, Law & Society Review, Post-Soviet Affairs, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and Europe-Asia Studies.
James Heinzen is Professor of History at Rowan University, and a Visiting Professor in the Princeton history department in the spring of 2013. His current project, “The Art of the Bribe: Corruption, Politics and Everyday Life in Late Stalinism,” is under contract with Yale University Press. Articles stemming from this research have appeared in Slavic Review and Kritika. An article entitled “Thirty Kilos of Pork: Cultural Brokers, Corruption, and the ‘Bribe Trail’ in the Postwar Stalinist Soviet Union” is forthcoming in The Journal of Social History. Heinzen’s first book was Inventing a Soviet Countryside: The Soviet State and the Transformation of Rural Russia before Collectivization.
Eugene Huskey is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science and Russian Studies at Stetson University in Florida. A specialist on politics and legal affairs in the Soviet Union and successor states, he has divided his research time over the last two decades between Russia and Kyrgyzstan. His recent works on Kyrgyzstan have focused on the political opposition and electoral behavior. Among his books on Russia are Presidential Power in Russia and an edited volume (with Don Rowney), Russian Bureaucracy and the State: Officialdom from Alexander III to Vladimir Putin.
Elena Ion is a doctoral candidate in Architecture at University of California, Berkeley. Her research centers on urban development in Bucharest, with a focus on public works in an era of economic crisis. Based on ethnographic and archival research, her dissertation investigates the political struggles behind the remaking of Bucharest and its zoning regulations, and the role of the judiciary as a mechanism of urban social change. Elena received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Architecture and Urbanism Ion Mincu, Bucharest, and her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley. She has worked as a researcher and has taught courses on housing and urban theory at UC Berkeley. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), Fulbright IIE, the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and UC Berkeley’s European Union Center of Excellence and Institute of European Studies.
Kristy Ironside is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Chicago. She holds a BA Honours (2005) in History and an MA (2007) in Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, both` from the University of Toronto. Her dissertation, “The Value of a Ruble: A Social History of Money in Postwar Soviet Russia, 1945-1964” examines how the dilemma of money’s continuing existence in Soviet life was addressed in the postwar period. It charts the emergence of the “workers’ ruble,” a currency that was supposedly devoid of the exploitative economic relations Marx viewed as inherent to money, protecting the most vulnerable citizens, stretching further in the household budgets of ordinary workers, and promising socialist prosperity. In 2011-2012, Kristy Ironside conducted dissertation research in the Russian state archives as a recipient of the Social Science Research Council’s International Dissertation Research Fellowship.
Deborah Kaple is an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. She is interested in the organization and the organizational foundations of communist rule. She focuses on Stalinism, the Soviet Gulag, and the Sino-Soviet relationship. She also works on understanding the immigrant experience in the USA through fiction, poetry and essays. She has worked as an economic consultant, as a teacher, as an editor, and as a manager, and has written widely in scholarly, non-fiction and fiction publications. She is the author of Gulag Boss: A Soviet Memoir (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Dream of a Red Factory: High Stalinism in China (Oxford University Press, 1994). Her next projects include a history of the Soviet Advisors’ Program in China in the 1950s, and a comparative analysis of this program with others like it in Cuba and in 1930s Spain.
Neringa Klumbytė’s research interests lie at the intersection of political and economic anthropology, Eurasian and European Union studies, post-socialism, and post-colonialism. She has published on a variety of topics, including ethnicity and nationalism; power, laughter, and political intimacy; memory and nostalgia for Soviet times; Europeanization and symbolic geopolitics in Europe; and political branding in food market. Her recent articles include “Soviet Sausage Renaissance” (American Anthropologist, 2010), “Europe and Its Fragments: Europeanization, Nationalism, and the Geopolitics of Provinciality in Lithuania” (Slavic Review, 2011), and “Political Intimacy: Power, Laughter, and Coexistence in Late Soviet Lithuania” (East European Politics and Societies, 2011). She is a co-editor of Soviet Society in the Era of Late Socialism, 1964-1985 (Lexington, 2013).
Jan Kubik is Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Among his publications are: Anthropology and Political Science: A Convergent Approach (with Myron Aronoff), The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power, and Rebellious Civil Society (with Grzegorz Ekiert). He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and Columbia University.
László Kurti, Dr. habil. has taught anthropology at the American University, and Eötvös University in Budapest, and presently teaches at the University of Miskolc. He has conducted fieldwork in the US, Romania and Hungary. His books include: Beyond Borders (1996, co-edited with J. Langman), The Remote Borderland (2001), Youth and the State in Hungary (2002), and he served as co-editor for Working Images (2004).
Katherine Lebow has taught at the University of Virginia and Newcastle University. Her book Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949-56 is forthcoming in 2013 from Cornell University Press; in addition, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on the social and cultural history of Polish Stalinism. She is currently writing a book about Polish “everyman autobiography” from the Great Depression to the Holocaust, examining the global implications of local life-writing practices before, during, and after World War II. Recent publications include “The Conscience of the Skin: Interwar Polish Memoir and Social Rights” in Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development. She lives and works in Vienna, where she was a 2012 fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen.
Olga Linkiewicz is the Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the East Central European Center, Columbia University. She is Assistant Professor at the Institute of History, Polish Academy of Sciences, and a cultural anthropologist, teaching at the Warsaw University. Her research focuses on historical anthropology and the social history of interwar Eastern Europe, particularly on ethnicization and the nation-building processes in local communities and the history of ethnography in Poland. Her post-doctoral project deals with memory representations of interwar and Second World War experiences in two Eastern European towns that occurred as a result of globally-oriented networking research.
Katharina Matro is a PhD Candidate in Eastern European History at Stanford University. Her dissertation project examines the transformation of rural communities in the territories accorded to Poland after World War II. In her work, she asks how war, forced migration, and regime change transformed life in the estate villages of the former Prussian nobility. She is also interested in examining how and whether the landscape in western Poland was changed in the immediate postwar period, and in what ways the environment and the climate challenged new Polish settlers as well as the Communist administration there. Katharina spent the 2011/2012 academic year working in Polish and German archives to collect material for her dissertation. So far, her research has been supported by doctoral fellowships from the ACLS, the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, and the Conference Group for Central European History among others. Katharina holds a B.A. in French and History from Amherst College and M.A.s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and Stanford University. Prior to beginning her studies at Stanford, Katharina worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington and at the John F. Kennedy Institute of the Free University in Berlin.
Irina Marin has a PhD in History from University College London and is currently teaching Modern European History at Pembroke College, Oxford. She is interested in the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the nationalities question in Central and Eastern Europe. Her PhD thesis examined the imperial and national loyalties of high-ranking officers of Romanian nationality in the Austro-Hungarian army. Her most recent publication is Contested Frontiers in the Balkans: Ottoman and Habsburg Rivalries in Eastern Europe.
Anne O’Donnell is a graduate student at Princeton University’s Department of History, where she studies the history of the Russian Empire and Soviet Union under the direction of Stephen Kotkin and Katya Pravilova. She was previously a Jacob K. Javits Fellow and received her A.B. from Princeton University and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Serguei Oushakine is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. He has conducted fieldwork in the Siberian part of Russia, as well as in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. His research is concerned with transitional processes and situations: from the formation of newly independent national cultures after the collapse of the Soviet Union to post-traumatic identities and hybrid cultural forms. His first book The Patriotism of Despair: Loss, Nation, and War in Russia focused on communities of loss and exchanges of sacrifices in provincial post-communist Russia. His current project explores Eurasian postcoloniality as a means of affective reformatting of the past and as a form of retroactive victimhood. Oushakine’s Russian-language publications include edited volumes on trauma, family, gender and masculinity. Prof. Oushakine is Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies at Princeton.
Anson Rabinbach is a specialist in modern European history at Princeton University. He has published extensively on Nazi Germany, Austria, and European thought in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In 1974 he co-founded the premier journal of German studies in the United States, New German Critique, which he continues to co-edit. In 1979 he published The Crisis of Austrian Socialism: From Red Vienna to Civil War 1927-1934, a study of Austrian culture and politics between the wars. The Human Motor, an investigation of the metaphor of work and energy that provided modern thinkers with a new scientific and cultural framework to understand the human body, appeared in 1991 and has since been translated into several languages. His current research is on the culture of Nazi Germany and on post-World War II exchanges between European and American intellectuals. He also writes and reviews widely for journals of opinion including The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Dissent, and The Nation. He received the Viktor Adler State Prize in 1987. Professor Rabinbach has also been the recipient of Guggenheim, ACLS, and NEH fellowships.
Nancy Ries is Professor of Anthropology and Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University, and a member of Colgate’s Russian and Eurasian Studies faculty. She has conducted field research on Russian political and social discourse since the late 1980s, and is the author of Russian Talk: Culture and Conversation during Perestroika, as well as essays on Russian organized crime, post-Soviet subsistence practices (“Potato Ontology”), and housing. With Bruce Grant, she co-edited the Cornell University Press book series Culture and Society after Socialism.
Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values as well as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. She joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O’Brien Professor of Comparative Law. Scheppele’s work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress. After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele has researched the effects of the international “war on terror” on constitutional protections around the world. Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions and on post-9/11 constitutional challenges have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and in multiple languages (including Russian, Hungarian and French). In the last two years, she has been deeply immersed in the new constitutional transformation of Hungary, which is moving rather faster than anyone thought possible from a robust constitutional democracy into a party-state. For her recent writings on Hungary, click here .
Mihaela Serban is an Assistant Professor of Law & Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Mia’s teaching and research interests include law and society in Eastern Europe, law and culture, human rights and women’s rights, comparative law and constitutional law. Her most recent publication on sociolegal issues in Central and Eastern Europe is Surviving Property: Resistance against Urban Housing Nationalization during the Transition to Communism (Romania, 1950-1965), in Special Issue: Interdisciplinary Legal Studies: The Next Generation, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, Volume 51 (2010), ed. Austin Sarat. She is currently working on two projects: a study of rule of law indicators as a political technology of power in present day Romania, and a book manuscript provisionally entitled Law, Property and Subjectivity in Early Communist Romania (1945-1965).
Christine Varga-Harris is an Assistant Professor at Illinois State University, specializing in postwar Soviet history. Her research focuses on the intersection of Khrushchev-era housing policy and design with official ideology, society and identity. Her publications include a chapter in the volume Divided Dreamworlds? (University of Amsterdam Press, 2012) that illuminates the place of housing in the revival of revolutionary ideals amid Cold War competition; an article on the interplay of gender, social norms and material culture during the Khrushchev era, published in the Journal of Social History (2008); and a chapter in the collection The Dilemmas of De-Stalinization (Routledge, 2006) on popular perceptions of a social contract between Soviet state and society, as revealed in housing petitions. She also recently edited a special issue of Russian Studies in History on the Thaw, and is completing a book manuscript tentatively entitled Constructing the Soviet Hearth: Home, Citizenship and Socialism during the Khrushchev Era.