2011 Participants

Andrei Akhremenko, Moscow State University

Akhremenko is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Mathematical Methdologies of Political Analysis and Forecasting in the Department of Political Studies. He is the author of Political Analysis and Forecasting (Gardariki 2006), Structures of Electoral Space (Social-Political Thought, 2007), and Quantitative Results of Electoral Analyses: Contemporary Methods and Issues (Moscow State University Press, 2008), as well as articles in POLIS, Annals of Moscow State University and other journals.

Donna Bahry, Penn State University

Bahry is Professor of the Political Science. Her research addresses issues of political attitudes and behavior, ethnicity and federalism in post-Soviet states. She is the author of Outside Moscow: Power, Politics and Budgetary Policy in the Soviet Republics (Columbia University Press, 1987); and of articles in Comparative Politics, the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Electoral Studies, Europe-Asia Studies, and other journals. Her teaching includes graduate courses in comparative politics and in post-communist transitions, and undergraduate courses on Soviet and post-Soviet politics and on democratization.

Vladimir Gel’man, European University of St. Petersburg

Gel’man is Professor of the Department of Political Science and Sociology. His research covers Russian and post-Soviet Politics, including local and regional levels, in theoretical and comparative perspective. He is the author and/or editor of 20 books in Russian and English, including Making and Breaking Democratic Transitions: The Comparative Politics of Russia’s Regions (Rowman and Littlefield, 2003) and The Politics of Sub-National Authoritarianism in Russia (Ashgate, 2010) and the author of articles in Europe-Asia Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, International Political Science Review, Democratization, and numerous other journals and edited volumes.

Robert Grey, Grinnell College

Grey is Professor of Political Science. While his initial research agenda was on mass attitudes and behavior in Africa, his more recent research has focused on comparable phenomena in Russia. In particular, he is concerned with mass support (or lack thereof) for Russian democratization, and with Russian nationalism. He has published in such journals as The Journal of Modern African Studies and Slavic Review. He edited Democratic Theory and Post-Communist Change (Prentice-Hall, 1997).

Henry E. Hale, George Washington University

Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Hale is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, its Petrach Program on Ukraine, and the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia. His writings focus on issues of ethnicity, democracy, and international integration, and he is the author of The Foundations of Ethnic Politics: Separatism of States and Nations in Eurasia and the World (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and Why Not Parties in Russia? Democracy, Federalism and the State (Cambridge University Press, 2006), winner of the American Political Science Association's Leon D. Epstein Outstanding Book Award for 2006 and 2007. He is also co-editor of the book Developments in Russian Politics 7 (Duke University Press, 2010). His articles have appeared in a variety of journals, with his piece "Divided We Stand" (World Politics, 2003) winning the APSA's Qualitative Methods Section's Alexander George Award.

Yoshiko M. Herrera, University of Wisconsin

Herrera is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research interests include politics in Russia and the former Soviet states; social identities including methodological issues and measurement; nationalism, regionalism and ethnic politics; identity-related variables in public health and demography; norms and institutional change, including bureaucracy; constructivist political economy; and political psychology. She is the author of multiple articles and of Mirrors of the Economy: National Accounts and International Norms in Russia and Beyond (Cornell University Press, 2010), Imagined Economies: The Sources Of Russian Regionalism (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and co-editor of Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Scientists (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Vicki Hesli, University of Iowa

Hesli is Professor of Political Science. She has authored and co-authored articles and books about voting behavior, women and politics, political party development, religion, separatism, and regional autonomy. these studies generally have an area focus on Russia, Ukraine and Lithuania. She was principal investigator on two U.S. Department of State partnership program grants between the University of Iowa and Tara Shevchenko National University in Ukraine. She has served the Department as both Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies and has served as head of the Middle East and Muslim World Studies group, Co-Director of the National Resource Center in INternational Studies.

Kevin Leicht, University of Iowa

Kevin Leicht is Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Director of the Iowa Social Science Research Institute. His interests include sociology of work, organizations and organization theory, social stratification, and political sociology. His current research is examining gender inequality among professionals, transaction-cost approaches to career decision-making, the development of economic development programs by the U.S. states, and the causes and consequences of corporate restructuring. He teaches courses in the sociology of work, organizational theory, economy and society, political sociology and social stratification.

Danielle Lussier, Grinnell College

Lussier is an instructor in Political Science. Her research focuses on democratization, the political behavior of former authoritarian regimes, and leadership, with a particular emphasis on Eurasia and Indonesia. Lussier's dissertation, Activating Democracy: Political Participation and the Fate of Regime Change in Russia and Indonesia, analyzes the relationship between mass political behavior and regime change in post-Soviet Russia and post-New Order Indonesia. She has also conducted research on leadership in post-communist Eastern Europe, communist legacies, Russian regional development, Russian voting behavior, and the relationship between religion and public opinion.

Sara Mitchell, University of Iowa

Mitchell is Professor of Political Science and Collegiate Scholar in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Mitchell Specializes in international relations and methodology. Her most recent book is Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2011) with Emilia Justyna Powell. She co-directs the Issue Correlates of War Project, for which she has received a series of awards from the National Science Foundation.

Bryon J. Moraski, University of Florida

Moraski is Associate Professor of Political Science. His research examines the strategic interaction of political elites and the endogeneity of political institutions, primarily focused on the former Soviet Union, especially the Russian Federation. His articles have appeared in American Journal of Political Science, Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, Government and Opposition, The Journal of Politics, and elsewhere. His book, Elections by Design: Parties and Patronage in Russia’s Regions, examines the origins of legislative electoral systems at the sub-national level in Russia.

William M. Reisinger, University of Iowa

Reisinger is Professor of Political Science. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and joined the University of Iowa faculty in 1985. His research concerns democratization in the former communist states, especially Russia. His publications include six books and over 45 articles or book chapters. He travels frequently to Russia and has conducted research as well in Ukraine and Uzbekistan. He teaches courses on democratization, authoritarian politics and the politics of the postcommunist countries. He is a former chair of the Political Science Department and, from 2003-2008, served as The University of Iowa’s Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs.

Thomas F. Remington, Emory University

Thomas F. Remington is Goodrich C. White Professor of Political Science at Emory University. He is author of a number of books and articles on Russian politics. Among his publications are The Politics of Inequality in Russia (Cambridge University Press, 2011); The Russian Parliament: Institutional Evolution in a Transitional Regime, 1989-1999 (Yale University Press, 2001); The Politics of Institutional Choice: Formation of the Russian State Duma (co-authored with Steven S. Smith) (Princeton University Press, 2001). Other books include Politics in Russia (7th edition forthcoming in 2011); Parliaments in Transition (1994); and The Truth of Authority: Ideology and Communication in the Soviet Union (1988).

Gulnaz Sharafutdinova, Miami University (Ohio)

Sharafutdinova is Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research focuses on postcommunist political transformation and political economy. She is the author of Political Consequences of Crony Capitalism inside Russia (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). Her articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Publius and elsewhere.

Cameron G. Thies, University of Iowa

Thies is Professor and Chair of Political Science. His research spans international relations, international political economy and foreign policy. His articles have appeared in Journal of Politics, American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Polity, and other top journals. He is at work on a book for the University of Chicago Press on the political economy of states and regions.

Erica Townsend-Bell, University of Iowa

Townsend-Bell is Assistant Professor of Political Science. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007. Her research and teaching interests are in Latin American politics, intersectionality and politics, comparative racial and gender politics, and social movement behavior. She is working on a book that addresses how state and civil society actors might enact an intersectional political practice

Rostislav Turovskii, Moscow State University

Turovskii is Professor of Russian Politics in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Program in Political Regionalism and Ethnopolitics. His scholarly research focuses on political regionalism, political geography, regional policy, political and electoral analysis and management, geopolitics, and cultural geography. He is the author of four books, including The Center and the Regions: Issues of Their Political Relations (Higher School of Economics Press, 2006) and Political Regionalism (Higher School of Economics Press, 2006), as well as over 70 articles. In 2010, he was elected vice president of the Russian Political Science Association.

Hyemin Yoo, University of Iowa

Yoo is pursuing her Ph.D. in political science. She received a B.A. in political science from Handong University and an M.A. in international relations from Seoul National University. She lived for twelve years in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her research interests are in comparative politics and international relations particularly with regard to the post-Soviet states and East Asia.