Second Annual Danyliw Research Seminar in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies (Biographics of Participants)

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Second Annual Danyliw Research Seminar in Contemporary Ukrainian Studies 12-14 October 2006
Biographies of Participants
Jessica Allina-Pisano is a Shklar fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and a post-doctoral fellow at the Davis Center for Russian Studies at Harvard University. She is currently at Colgate University. In January 2007 she will join the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa as as Associate Professor in the École d'Études Politiques. Her work on property rights, rural politics, and transnational identity has appeared in World Politics, Journal of Peasant Studies, and as chapters in edited volumes. Her book, The Post-Soviet Potemkin Village: Politics and Property Rights in the Black Earth, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2007.
Dominique Arel is Associate Professor and titular of the Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa. He is the author of several academic articles on language and identity politics in Ukraine, and co-edited the forthcoming Rebounding Identities: The Politics of Identity in Russia and Ukraine (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) and Census and Identity. The Politics of Race, Ethnicity, and Language in National Censuses (Cambridge University Press, 2002). His article "La face cachée de la Révolution Orange: l'Ukraine en négation face à son problème régional" will appear in France in December. He is president of ASN and edits the Ukraine List.
Yann Breault is a PhD Candidate and Lecturer in International Relations at the Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQAM). He is completing a dissertation on national identity redefinitions and political reconfigurations between the three Eastern Slavic nations. He has co-authored with Jacques Lévesque and Pierre Jolicoeur La Russie et son ex-Empire, reconfiguration de l'ancien espace soviétique (Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2003). His recent papers, presented at international conferences, include "The Ongoing Transformation of Belarusian Pan-Slavic Identity" and "Ukraine's Endangered Identity: Did the "Orange Revolution" Change Anything?". He was a panelist at the conference "Belarus Today: Democratic Openings, Security Concerns" organized at the Chair in September 2006.
Margarita M. Balmaceda is Associate Professor at the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University and Associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and of the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard. She received a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. In 2004 she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Energy Program, Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research (Razumkov Center) in Kyiv. She is currently working on a book on "Understanding the Comparative Management of Energy Dependence in Central-East Europe." She will spend Spring/Summer 2007 as Humboldt Fellow at Giessen University, Germany.
Marc P. Berenson received his PhD in Political Science from Princeton University in 2006 with dissertation entitled "Re-Creating the State: Governance and Power in Poland and Russia." His work focuses on Comparative Politics, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, with particular attention to the political and economic puzzles accompanying post-communist transitions. He has worked as a research analyst for several organizations, including Freedom House, we he founded and directed from 1996 to 1998 its "Law in Action"
program, based in Kyiv, Ukraine. He is fluent in Russian and Polish and has a reading knowledge of Ukrainian.
Laada Bilaniuk is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington, with adjunct appointments in the departments of Linguistics and Slavic Languages and Literatures. She received her B.A. degree at Yale in the fields of Anthropology and Art in 1990, and her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan in 1998. Her research interests include language politics and language ideology in Ukraine, purism and mixed languages, critical discourse analysis, gender, nationalism, globalization, and popular culture. Her book Contested Tongues: Language Politics and Cultural Correction in Ukraine was published in 2005 by Cornell University Press.
Andrea Chandler is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of two books, Institutions of Isolation: Border Controls in the Soviet Union and its Successor States, 1917-1993 (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998); and Shocking Mother Russia: Democratization, Social Rights, and Pension Reform in Russia, 1990-2001 (University of Toronto Press, 2004). Her current research, entitled "Gender, Identity and Social Policy in Post-Communist Russian Political Discourse, 1990 to present," is funded by a Standard Research Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Timothy J. Colton is Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government at Harvard University and Director of Harvard's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. He has worked primarily on Soviet and post-Soviet politics, and in the latter category mostly on Russia. He is coauthor with Michael McFaul of Popular Choice and Managed Democracy: The Russian Elections of1999 and 2000 (Brookings, 2003) and coeditor with Stephen Holmes of The State after Communism: Governance in the New Russia (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006). He is currently completing Boris Yeltsin: A Political Life, which is scheduled for publication in 207 by Basic Books.
Paul D'Anieri is Associate Dean for Humanities and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. Professor D'Anieri's research focuses on politics and foreign policy in contemporary Ukraine. His books include Economic Interdependence in Ukrainian Russian Relations (SUNY, 1999) and, with Robert Kravchuk and Taras Kuzio, Politics and Society in Ukraine (Westview, 1999). His latest book, Understanding Ukrainian Politics: Power, Politics, and Institutional Design, will be published by M.E. Sharpe in November. Professor D'Anieri received his BA in International Relations from Michigan State University and his MA and Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University.
Keith Darden received his Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley in 2000 is and is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His primary avenues of research concern the role of economic, religious and national ideas in shaping political order, but he has also written about patterns of insurgent violence, political corruption, and other topics pertaining to post-Communist Eurasia. His first book, Economic Liberalism and the Formation of International Institutions Among the Post-Soviet States will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2007. He is currently finishing his second book manuscript, entitled "The Causes and Consequences of Enduring National Loyalties."
Anna Fournier is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University. She is completing a dissertation on citizenship and education in Ukraine, focusing
on high school students' relation to state and law. She is also currently teaching a Dean's Fellowship course on post-Soviet transformations at Johns Hopkins University. Her articles on Ukraine deal with such topics as language practices, nation-building, citizenship education, the Orange Revolution, and EU enlargement. Her research has been funded by grants from the SSHRC, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the USA.
Oleh Havrylyshyn is Deputy Director of the European II Department at the International Monetary Fund, and currently a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto. He obtained his PhD at MIT in 1972 and was a Professor of Economics at Queens' and George Washington University for over two decades. His latest book, Capitalism for All or Capitalism for the Few? Divergent Paths in Post-Communist Transition, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2006. He is also the author of the first Ukrainian textbook on principles of economics, Fundamental of the Theory of Markets (1992).
Adriana Helbig received her PhD in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University in 2005. Her dissertation titled "Play for me, Old Gypsy: Music as Political Resource in the Roma Rights Movement in Ukraine" analyzes the influences of international development aid on Roma music traditions in the post-socialist context. Her research interests include the relationship between music and politics, music and social movements, music and migration, and issues of race, class, and gender in Ukrainian popular music. She teaches Music History at Fordham University and will teach a graduate seminar titled "Music and the Post-Socialist State" in the Ukrainian Studies Program at Columbia University in the Spring of 2007.
Alexandra Hrycak received her Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Chicago and is Associate Professor and former Chair of the Department of Sociology at Reed College. She is also Vice President of the American Association for Ukrainian Studies. Her current research analyzes the development of civic associations and identity among women in Ukraine. Her most recent publications include "Foundation Feminism and the Articulation of Hybrid Feminisms in Post-Socialist Ukraine," (East European Politics and Societies, 2006) and "Institutional Legacies and Language Revival in Ukraine," in Dominique Arel and Blair Ruble, eds., Rebounding Identities (Johns Hopkins, 2006).
Wsewolod Isajiw received his PhD at the Catholic University of America in 1967 and is President of the Ukrainian Canadian Research and Documentation Center in Toronto. He previously taught for three decades at the U of Toronto where he held the Robert F. Harney Professor of Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies. His research is in the area of the sociology of ethnicity, and civil society. He recently edited Society in Transition. Social Change in Ukraine in Western Perspectives (2003) and Famine-Genocide in Ukraine 19321933. Western Archives, Testimonies and New Research (2003) and has spent the last years researching the "Fourth Wave" of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.
Juliet Johnson received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University in 1997 and is Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. She is the author of A Fistful of Rubles: The Rise and Fall of the Russian Banking System (Cornell 2000), co-editor of Religion and Identity in Modern Russia: The Revival of Orthodoxy and Islam (Ashgate 2005), and has published sixteen articles and book chapters on post-communist political economy and identity politics. She is a former Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Hoover
Institution. She is currently finishing a book entitled Priests of Prosperity: The Transnational Central Banking Community and Post-Communist Transformation.
Adrian Karatnycky is President of the non-partisan international initiative "The Orange Circle." He was President of Freedom House, between 1997-2003, and is now a Senior Scholar. He also serves as coordinator of an international conference on energy diversification that will convene in Warsaw in early 2007 under the patronage of the Presidents of Ukraine and Poland. Karatnycky has written widely for journals and newspapers such as Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times. He is co-author of three books and editor or co-editor of 18 volumes of studies on global political rights, civil liberties, and political transitions.
Marianna K loch ko is a graduate of Kharkiv State University and received her PhD from Cornell University. Currently assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State University, Marion, she is coauthor, with Peter C. Ordeshook, of Endogenous Time Preferences in Social Networks (Edward Elgar, 2005) and a recently published essay exploring the changing time preferences of Ukrainian students who study in the West in contrast to their peers who remain in Ukraine.
Joanna Konieczna studied Electronics at the Warsaw University of Technology and Sociology at Warsaw University. Her PhD thesis on "National Identity and Political Values in System Transition: The Case of Ukraine as compared to other East-European countries" was completed in 2002. She is currently as Assistant Professor at Warsaw University and conducts seminars on Ukraine, teaches statistics and quantitative research methods. She is an ongoing contributor to the Centre for Eastern Studies, a state-funded organization that analyzes situation in Eastern Europe and Balkans. She has ublished analytical reports and articles on Polish-Ukrainian and Polish-Russian national stereotypes, Polish-Ukrainian relations and the changes in Ukrainian society.
Spyridon Kotsovilis is completing his doctorate in Political Science at McGill University. A graduate of Athens College, he holds a B.A. (Honors) in Peace & Conflict Studies (University of Toronto) and a M.A in Political Science (McGill). His interests include democratization, ethnic conflict and contentious politics in Southeastern Europe and the former USSR. His chapter on "Democracy and Islam in Turkey" is currently being published by Macmillan/Palgrave. He is also a member of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders-Canada, and founder of a group within MSF Canada that prepared and provided socio-political reports on the destinations of the organization's Medical Staff.
Serhiy Kudelia is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His research interests are on comparative democratization, social movements, and contentious politics. Since 2003, he has also worked as correspondent for the Ukrainian service of RFE/RL, writing and broadcasting on various topics related to current affairs in Ukraine and US-Ukraine relations. He is the co-author, with Kiron Skinner, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Condoleeza Rice, of The Strategy of Campaigning (University of Michigan Press, 2006) and co-author, with Myroslava Gongadze, of Rozirvanyi nerv: Khronolohiia hromads 'koho protestu (Kyiv, 2004).
Tammy Lynch is a PhD Candidate in History in the University Professors Program at Boston University, and is completing her dissertation on "Ukraine's Revolutionary Social Movement 2000-2004." She is also an Earhart Research Fellow at Boston University's Institute for the
Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy. She spent 2002 to 2005 working for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, including as Acting Director of the Russia Program. She also advised the European Network of Election Monitoring Organizations in Ukraine. She has published numerous editorials on contemporary political events in Ukraine.
Vlad Naumescu was born in Bucharest, Romania where he also obtained his first degree in social psychology. He continued with an MA in social anthropology on the politics of memory in the Romanian Greek Catholic Church. Naumescu joined the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany in 2003 with a comparative project on Greek Catholics in Ukraine and Romania. This research became the basis of his recently submitted PhD and of a forthcoming book on Modes of Religiosity in Eastern Christianity: Religious Processes and Social Change in Western Ukraine (Lit Verlag, 2007). His main academic interests cover the field of anthropology of religion, cognition and culture and health research.
Peter C. Ordeshook is Professor of Political Science at the California Institute of Technology. Not a specialist in Ukrainian studies, his published books include An Introduction to Positive Political Theory; Game Theory and Political Theory; Designing Federalism; The Balance of Power; Voting, Candidates and Elections (in Russia); and Lessons for Citizens of a New Democracy (in Ukrainian and English). His published essays on post-Soviet states includes various essays on election fraud in Russia and Ukraine, the flow of votes across elections in Russia and Ukraine, the influence of regional elites in Russian elections, as well as essays on principles of constitutional design.
Natalka Patsiurko is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at McGill University and a graduate of the Economics Department of Lviv State University in Ukraine. Her interests lie in the area of Economic Sociology, and specifically in the development of the market economy in Eastern Europe. She is currently completing her dissertation on the contemporary labour migration from Ukraine as a household strategy in post-communist economy. Her other interests include the role of state and nationalism in Eastern Europen societies. She has been teaching courses at Concordia University for several years.
Margaret Paxson joined the Kennan Institute, in Washington, DC, in November 2002 as Senior Associate. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Université de Montréal in 1999. Paxson's doctoral research was on the subject of social memory in rural Russia, and was based on over 17 months of fieldwork in a single village in the Russian north, and in 2005, she published Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village (Indiana University Press). Paxson's broader research interests include post-Socialist transition, agrarian religion and traditional healing, and the philosophy of science. She is currently beginning a new project set in rural Northern Caucasus.
Tanya Richardson received her doctorate in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in February 2005 and is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. She is currently working on a book manuscript entitled "Between Empire and Nation: The Place(s) of Odessa in Post-Soviet Ukraine. Her publications include "Living Cosmopolitanism? 'Tolerance,' Religion and Local Identity in Odessa" forthcoming in The Postsocialist Religious Question, ed. Chris Hann, Lit Verlag: Muenster, and "Walking Streets, Talking History: The Making of Odessa" in Ethnology.
Natalya Ryabinska is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School for Social Research at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Her PhD thesis is entitled "Media Framing and Citizens' Engagement in Public Life: A Comparative Analysis of the Ukrainian and Polish Press." She obtained her MA in Sociology at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Sciences, affdiated with Manchester University. Originally from Kharkiv, Ukraine, she took part, in the past year, in several academic gatherings in Belgium, Great Britain and Poland.
Oxana Shevel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University, USA. Her research addresses issues of nation- and state-building in the post-Soviet space, the politics of citizenship and migration, and the influence of international institutions on democratization processes in the region. She received her Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and an M.Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge in England. The paper on citizenship politics that she presented at the 2005 Danyliw Seminar will appear shortly in Comparative Politics, and her chapter "Domestic and International Sources of Post-Communist Refugee Policies" is set to appear in Rebounding Identities.
Ioulia Shukan defended her PhD dissertation in Political Science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, France, in October 2006, entitled: "Le personnel politique communiste en Ukraine et en Biélorussie 1989-1994." Her research interests include elites and political trajectories, regime transformation and political economy, institutions, political parties and collective action in Ukraine and Belarus. She published in the Revue d'Etudes Comparatives Est-Ouest ("Les recettes d'une reconversion réussie", 2003) and in Critique Internationale ("La Biélorussie: stratégies présidentielles de domination personnelle», 2005). She is currently teaching at the department of Russian Studies at the University Rennes 2 in France.
Joshua A. Tucker is an Associate Professor of Politics at NYU. His research focuses on mass political behavior in East-Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, including elections and voting, the development of partisan attachment, and public opinion formation. He is the author of Regional Economic Voting: Russia, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic, 1990-99 (Cambridge University Press, 2006). His work has appeared in numerous journals. He is the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Scholar Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior section of the American Political Science Association for the top scholar in the field with 10 years of the doctorate.
Catherine Wanner is a cultural anthropologist who teaches in the Department of History at The Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Burden of Dreams: History and Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine (1998), Communities of the Converted: Ukrainians, Evangelicalism and the Search for Salvation (2007) and co-editor of Reclaiming the Sacred: Community, Morality and Religion after Communism (2007). Her current research project analyzes the transformation of religious life in Chernivtsy after World War II and its incorporation into Soviet Ukraine.
Lucan Way is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. His work focuses on the problems of authoritarian state building in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His work has appeared most recently in Communist and Post Communist Studies, Comparative Politics, Journal of Democracy, and World Politics. His article in World Politics, "Authoritarian State Building and the Sources of Political Competition in the Fourth Wave: The Cases of Belarus, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine," was
the recipient of the Best Article Award in 2005 presented by the American Political Science Association Comparative Democratization section.
Olga Zazulya is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Université in Laval in Quebec City where she specializes in the history of memory under the direct of Professor Bogumil Jewsiewicki Koss. Her doctoral project is entitled "Two Memories for One Identity in Post-Communist Ukraine." Her MA thesis with the University of Rouen in France was a sociolinguistic approach of language contact situation in Kyiv. Originally from Ternopil, Ukraine, presented papers in 2006 at the International Graduate Student Symposium "New Perspectives on Contemporary Ukraine" at the University of Toronto and at the conference "Expériences et mémoire: partager en français la diversité du monde" in Bucharest.

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