Professor Rawi Abdelal
Rawi Abdelal is the Herbert F. Johnson Professor of International Management at Harvard Business School and is the Director of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. His primary expertise is international political economy, and his research focuses on the politics of globalization and the political economy of Eurasia. Professor Abdelal is a faculty associate of Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and he serves on the executive committee of the Davis Center.
Professor Roy Allison
Professor Roy Allison was awarded his doctorate as a student of St Antony’s in 1983 and was an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the college during 1983-86. He returned to St Antony’s in 2011 as University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the International Relations of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia and became Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations in 2014. Professor Allison’s research focuses in particular on the international relations, foreign and security policies of Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia and the South Caucasus. His broader interests cover regional conflicts, regionalism, international norms and foreign policy analysis.
Professor Tarik Amar
Joana is a second year MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. Prior to coming to Oxford she completed a BA Russian Studies (Track B: Politics and Culture) at University College London (UCL). Her undergraduate thesis explored the incentives for Soviet support of the MPLA in Angola during the decolonisation period. Her current research interests lie in Russia’s foreign policy in the CIS region and the role of international law in international relations.
Sir Rodric Braithwaite
Rodric Braithwaite was educated at Bedales, served as a sergeant in military intelligence in Vienna, and studied French and Russian at Cambridge. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1955 and had postings in Jakarta, Warsaw, Moscow, Rome, Brussels (EU) and Washington. He was on the Sherpa team for the G7 Summits (1984-8), ambassador in Moscow (1988-1992), and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Major and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (1992-3). Since 1994, he has been among other things a Governor of the English National Opera, Chairman of the Royal Academy of Music, and Senior Adviser to Deutsche Bank. He was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford (1972-3) and at the Wilson Center in Washington (2005). He regularly speaks and writes on Russia and other matters.
Lord Desmond Browne
Lord Desmond Browne is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Kilmarnock and Loudoun from 1997 to 2010. He was a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. Browne is currently vice chairman of the Washington, DC-based Nuclear Threat Initiative, a non-profit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who serves as co-chair and CEO, and CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner. NTI’s mission is to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Browne is also convener of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation and he is convener of the Top Level Group of UK Parliamentarians for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Nonproliferation.
Sarah Calderone is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, also pursuing the Harriman Institute Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. In 2014, she was awarded a Fulbright grant to carry out her independent research project in Ekaterinburg, Russia, on adaptation and integration efforts for migrants arriving to Russia from former Soviet states. There she wrote and presented papers on these issues at Russian-language academic conferences hosted by Ural Federal University. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, in political science and Russian studies from Drew University in 2013. She researched and wrote her honors thesis on Russian foreign policy regarding humanitarian intervention. At SIPA, Sarah is continuing to focus on Russian politics and transnational issues, including migration, while expanding her research on governance and transparency in the Eurasian region. She is particularly interested in the intersection of domestic and foreign policy in Russia-West relations.
Professor Timothy Colton
Timothy J. Colton is the Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies and the Chair of the Department of Government at Harvard University. His main interests are Russian and post-Soviet government and politics.
Professor Alexander Cooley
Alexander Cooley is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, where he is Department Chair. At Columbia University, he is also Deputy Director for Social Sciences Programming at the Harriman Institute, a Doctoral Dissertation Sponsor in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Member of Saltzman Institute for War & Peace Studies, and teaches at the School of International and Public Affairs. Professor Cooley’s research examines how external actors– including international organizations, multinational companies, NGOs, and foreign military bases – have influenced the development and sovereignty of the former Soviet states, with a focus on Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Max de Haldevang
Djivo Djurovic is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs concentrating in International Security Policy. He is also pursuing the Harriman Certificate in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. He is the Harriman PepsiCo Junior Fellow and a research assistant at Harriman in the academic year 2016-17, as well as a Columbia International Fellow at SIPA. In addition, he directs the Student Forum, part of the Program on U.S.-Russia Relations. Prior to enrolling to Columbia, he has received an M.A. in History from University of Zagreb, Croatia. He had worked as journalist in Croatia for 17 years, including being deputy editor-in-chief of Jutarnji List, the most influential daily newspaper in Croatia, and assistant program director of Croatian Television. His research interests focus on the contentious relations between the West and Russia in the aftermath of the Cold War settlement and on the political development in Eastern Europe, especially in the Balkans. In addition to his native Serbo-Croatian, he speaks English and Italian, and has a good working knowledge of German and Russian. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Affairs, Columbia University.
Kevin Doyle's interest in the region was first sparked when he traveled to Gatchina, Russia on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship in high school. Since then, he has been fascinated by Russia, Eurasia, and international relations. Kevin received his bachelor’s degree in Russian and international relations from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. While at Dickinson, Kevin also spent time living and studying in Moscow, Russia; Baku, Azerbaijan; and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The time abroad allowed him to make strides in the Russian language and to begin studying Azerbaijani and Kyrgyz. In the spring of 2015, Kevin received the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship, which is helping to prepare him for a career as a Foreign Service Officer in the US State Department. Kevin is interested in Russian foreign policy and diplomatic challenges across the region, especially Russia-NATO relations and the Nagorno-Karabakh crisis.
Dr Nikolaos Drosos
Dr Dmitry Dubrovskiy
Emma Claire Foley
Professor Boris Gasparov
Emma received her B.A. in literature from Marlboro College, where she focused on 19th-century Russian literature and cultural history. After three years of work in publishing and the nonprofit sector in the U.S. and Russia, she came to Harvard to pursue a Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian studies. Her current research interests include the social dynamics and political ramifications of transnational civil-society networks; contentious politics in contemporary Russia; and the intellectual history of the left in post-Soviet space.
Nicole Grajewski is an MPhil candidate in Russia & East European Studies at the University of Oxford focusing on Russian-Iran relations in the Middle East and Central Asia. Prior to Oxford, Nicole served in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental Scientific Affairs during the U.S. Chairmanship of the Arctic Council. Nicole has also worked for CNN where she handled publicity for both the flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, as well as the flagship political program, State of the Union. Nicole previously researched Central Asian security issues at the Hudson Institute’s Center for Political-Military Analysis and has received various grants and fellowships to conduct fieldwork in Israel, Cyprus, and Kazakhstan.
Anastasiia Kazakova is a current masters student at HSE, specializing in European Studies. In 2011 she graduated from South Ural State University with honors and received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.
Professor Rebecca Kobrin
Alexander Korolev is a current PhD student of the Doctoral School of Political Science at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, and Junior Researcher at the Centre for Comprehensive European and International Studies, NRU HSE. He is a member of the HSE working group established to monitor the implementation of Decrees of the President of the Russian Federation. He is also a member of the organizing Committee of the International Russian-Chinese Summer School on International Relations, held at HSE in partnership with East China Normal University (Shanghai, China). His area of research focuses upon security challenges and multilateral economic cooperation in Asia-Pacific, Russia’s pivot to the East, the promotion of Eurasian integration.
Matthew Kupfer is an A.M. candidate in Harvard's Department of Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Regional Studies, where he is writing his master's thesis on the effects of patriotic civilian volunteerism on understandings of national identity in Ukraine's southeast. He recently returned from carrying out intensive field research in Kharkiv and Odessa. Prior to entering Harvard, he completed his B.A. in international studies and anthropology at Brandeis University, carried out research in Kyrgyzstan during the country's tumultuous 2010 political transition, studied Russian in St. Petersburg, and worked as a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and blogger focused on Russian, Ukrainian, and Central Asian politics and as a Russian-English translator.
Tobias Lechner is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Graduate School of Global Politics at Freie Universität Berlin. He holds a MA in International Relations and a Mag. phil. in history. Currently, he focuses on the political spill-over effect of economic sanctions. He is also interested in comparing political regimes and questions of good governance.
Professor Robert Legvold
Robert Legvold is Marshall D. Shulman Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where he specialized in the international relations of the post-Soviet states. Dr Legvold's areas of particular interest are the foreign policies of Russia, Ukraine, and the other new states of the former Soviet Union, U.S. relations with the post-Soviet states, and the impact of the post-Soviet region on the international politics of Asia and Europe.
Ivan Loshkaryov was born in the town of Jitomir, in western Ukraine. In 2000 he moved with his parents to Russia. Ivan received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees at MGIMO and is currently completing his PhD at the same institution. He recently spent one term in Kiev in 2014-2015 as part of a two diploma program of MGIMO and Kiev Taras Shevchenko's National University. His interests in political science cover the foreign policy of Ukraine and Belarus, US policy towards those countries, post-Soviet ethnic conflicts and ethnic interest groups.
Sir Roderic Lyne
Sir Roderic Lyne is a former British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to the Russian Federation from 2000 to 2004. He is now Vice-Chairman at Chatham House where, from 1986 to 1987, he was a Visiting Research Fellow. From 2005-7 he was a member of the Task Force of the Trilateral Commission on Russia.
Dr Joseph MacKay
Professor Kimberly Marten
Kerri Matulis is a graduate student at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, pursuing a Master of Arts in Regional Studies-Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe. As an undergraduate, Kerri studied Psychology and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and also participated in intensive Russian language study programs, such as the Fulbright-Hays Moscow-Texas Connections Summer Program and the University of Pittsburgh’s Summer Language Institute. Following her preliminary research on the political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union at the University of Texas at Austin, Kerri chose to advance her education and further investigate human rights abuses in Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Together with research conducted at Human Rights Watch and UNICEF, Kerri is currently examining the question of universal human rights norms in Russia through the lens of securitization, which, designed to defend against both perceived and real threats, allows for both the re-creation of Russian national identity and cultural relativist approaches to human rights. Her other research interests include issues pertaining to rule of law, the politics of national identity, and global governance.
Dr Louisa McClintock
Ola McLees is a second year MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford. Her current research focuses on the failures of liberal political parties in post-Soviet states in the 1990s, with a particular emphasis on Russia. Prior to attending Oxford, Ola worked as a Junior Fellow in the Russia & Eurasia Program and the Energy & Climate Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in DC for a year in 2013-14. Ola received a BA from the University of Chicago in both political science and history, for which she wrote a thesis on post-war Polish-Ukrainian relations as shaped by the emigre journal “Paryska Kultura.” Originally from Chicago, Ola has spent a considerable amount of her life in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to Russian, Ola speaks Polish, Spanish and French.
Jocelyn Iannis Meakins
Dr Julie Newton
Julie Newton is a Visiting Fellow of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. She is also an Associate Professor of the Department of International and Comparative Politics at the American University of Paris (AUP). She divides her time between Oxford and Paris, teaching Russian and Soviet politics at Oxford University, and AUP’s Graduate Program in International Affairs.
Hanna Notte is pursuing a DPhil in International Relations at the University of Oxford (St. Antony's College), where she previously completed a 2-year Master's Degree. Her research focuses on Russian foreign policy in the Middle East over the past decade; she is especially interested in how Russia’s diplomacy was impacted by its perceptions of its bilateral relationship with the United States. Hanna is currently based in Moscow as an Alfa Fellow, where she works as a junior visiting scholar at the Carnegie Moscow Centre and the Institute of Oriental Studies, conducting fieldwork for her DPhil as well as research on foreign fighter recruitment into Syria from former Soviet countries. Hanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Cambridge University and worked for two years as an Equity Research Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She speaks Russian and is studying Arabic.
In 2013, Dmitry Novikov graduated from Moscow State University (MSU), Faculty of History with a degree in international history. While studying at the MSU, his research specifically focused on the history of US foreign policy and international relations at the end of XIX- beginning of XX century.
After graduation, Dmitry refocused his academic interests on contemporary politics, US-Russia relations and Russian foreign and defense strategy. He is currently a PhD candidate at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and Junior Research Fellow at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, HSE, Russia.
Daniil Parenkov obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Politics from MGIMO in 2010. In 2012, he completed his M.A. in International Journalism at the same university and continued his studies as a PhD candidate. Since 2013, Daniil is also a lecturer at the Department of Political Theory. His teaching experience includes Political Philosophy, Political Psychology and Public Policy Analysis. Daniil’s current research interests include religious lobbying and religion in international relations. His PhD thesis focuses on the Roman Catholic Church lobbying activities in the USA.
Michael Patefield is a second year MPhil student in Russian and East European Studies at St Antony’s College, Oxford. His current research focuses on Russian economic policy under Vladimir Putin, with a particular focus on liberal reforms. Prior to his MPhil, Michael received a BA History and Economics from St John’s College, University of Oxford, for which he wrote his thesis on British analyses of early Soviet economic policies. In addition to this, he is on the Executive Team and works as Online Editor for the Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom’s Free Speech Debate project.
Anastasiia Piatachkova is a junior research fellow at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies (HSE). She is actively involved in academic research on political and economic research in Asia-Pacific and teaching related disciplines. She is currently working towards her PhD in Political Science at HSE. Anastasiia also coordinates several educational projects (including the School for Young Specialists in International Relations and the Chinese-Russian Summer School on International Relations) and has more than fifteen publications in Russian and English.
Kristina obtained her Bachelor´s degree in Law from the University of Tartu and her MBA from the Estonian Business School and Uppsala University. She has worked as a lawyer and business consultant in several legal and financial organizations. In 2012, Kristina graduated from the East European Studies program of the Free University Berlin and continued her studies as a PhD candidate at the Graduate School of Global Politics. Her dissertation focuses on democratization processes in East Europe and Southeast Asia. In addition to her PhD studies, she is an expert in Asian studies at the Asian Research Center in Estonia and works at the Estonian House in Berlin. Kristina is a native Estonian speaker from Estonia and has lived in Sweden and in the US before moving to Germany. She speaks English and German fluently, and additionally she speaks Russian, Swedish, and Italian.
Dr Alex Pravda
Dr Alex Pravda is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre of St Antony’s College. He received his doctorate as a student of St Antony's in 1972 and returned to the College as a Fellow of the then Russian and East European Centre in 1989. Dr Pravda's research focuses especially on Soviet and post-Soviet Russian foreign policy; he also has an interest in the international dimensions of East European politics.
Samuel Ramani is a DPhil candidate in International Relations at St Antony's College, University of Oxford. His current research focuses on how Russia's identity construction and conceptions of status have shaped its post-1991 foreign policy, particularly with respect to Moscow's responses to popular revolutions in the CIS region and Middle East. Sam also works as a journalist for publications in both the West and post-Soviet region. His work has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Diplomat, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, The National Interest magazine, Hudson Institute, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Kyiv Post, Russian International Affairs Council and Moscow Times.
Victoria Silaeva is a first year MSc student in Political Science at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Her current research focuses on the scenarios of NATO-Russia relations over the Central and Eastern Europe, with emphasis on the case of Moldova and Transnistria. Prior to her MSc, Victoria received a BSc in Political Science from MGIMO, for which she wrote her thesis on the nature of Russia-West relations over International Information Security. She is also interested in the studies of discourse and identity formation, as well as state and nation building and the problem of cession and the creation of partly recognized states in the post-Soviet area. Nowadays she is an analyst at RIAC (Russian International Affairs Council). In addition to fluent English, she speaks French.
Professor Jack Snyder
Professor Rune Steenberg Reyhe
Mina Sumaadii is a PhD student at the Graduate School of Global Politics, Free University of Berlin. She received her MA in Political Science from Central European University in Hungary and BA in Political Science from Dickinson State University in the U.S. Her major research interests are in Chinese and Russian foreign policies, and their implications for land-locked neighboring countries. She is also interested in various research methods and, in particular, mixed-methods research. Mina is from Mongolia and is a native Russian speaker, she speaks fluent Mongolian and English, advanced Chinese (Mandarin), and basic German.
Dr Andrey Sushentsov
Andrey Sushentsov is an Associate Professor and a political analyst and international relations scholar at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is also a Research Fellow at the Valdai Club Foundation and managing partner with the consulting agency Foreign Policy Analysis Group.
Dmitry Suslov is the Deputy Director for Studies at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies of the School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics (since 2006). He is also senior lecturer at the World Politics Department, School of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University – High School of Economics; and Research Fellow, Valdai Club Foundation. He is the Deputy Director for Research at the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy (SVOP) since 2004.
David Scott Szakonyi
Dr Elizabeth Teague
Elizabeth Teague is an analyst of Russian politics with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Previously, she worked as an analyst of Soviet affairs at Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty in Munich, as an adviser to the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in the The Hague, and as an analyst for the Jamestown Foundation. She graduated from the University of Surrey and received her doctorate at the University of Birmingham.
Professor Dennis Tenen
Anastasia Tkach is a second year student in the Master of Arts in Regional Studies— Russia, Eurasia and Eastern Europe program at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University. She is currently working on her thesis project which explores urban space, protest, and memorial in Kyiv, Ukraine. Anastasia is interested in the use and meaning of public space in post-conflict and changing societies in Eastern Europe. She recently returned from a research trip to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to attending Columbia, Anastasia received a BA in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European studies from the University of Michigan where she wrote her senior honors thesis on EU conditionality in Ukraine.
Tatyana Tyukaeva is a lecturer at the Department of Middle East Languages of MGIMO University, where she completed her BA International Relations and Regional Studies and MA International Relations Studies. She specializes in Middle East studies with a special focus on state- and non-state actors’ interaction, and their influence on the social and political processes in the Arab region. She has written her PhD thesis (in political sciences) on the mechanisms of media influence on international political processes with the Arab Spring as a case study.
Maria Tyulegenova is a current Masters student at HSE specializing in European Studies. She also works at the Valdai Discussion Club in the Centre for International Cooperation. Prior to entering HSE, she graduated from Kemerovo State University with honours, completing her B.A. in International Relations. In 2016 she was awarded an Oxford Russia Fund scholarship. Her primary expertise is European Union, and her research focuses on EU policy towards the Eastern Partnership countries.
Dr Alexandra Vacroux
Alexandra Vacroux is responsible for overall management and administration of the Davis Center. She works closely with Rawi Abdelal on strategic planning; development; and network building in the U.S. and abroad. In addition, she is the Director of Graduate Studies for the REECA master’s degree program, project manager for the Islam in Eurasia grant, and an active member and coordinator of the Working Group of the Future of U.S.-Russia Relations.
Rachel Van Horn
Rachel Van Horn is an A.M. Candidate in the REECA program at Harvard University, where she is currently researching the politics of ethno-national diversity and the role of Islam in the Russian Federation. This past summer, Rachel conducted field work for her master's thesis, which analyzes regional approaches to Muslim integration in the southern cities of Astrakhan and Stavropol. Rachel's experience in the post-Soviet region includes a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Russia from 2012-2013 and work at organizations such as EurasiaNet.org, the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Memorial. Professionally, Rachel is interested in a career with the U.S. government and this past summer, she interned in the Political / Economic Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Max Vani is a Master’s Degree candidate in Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate education in International Affairs at the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University, where his studies focused on international security issues. Max’s current academic research involves a comparative analysis of Russia’s influence in, and relations with, the four Visegrad Group countries – Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. He examines how the unique political, social, economic, or historical aspects of individual Visegrad countries account for differences in their approaches to Russia. As part of his research, Max also seeks to ascertain the extent to which Moscow’s increasingly strong ties with select Visegrad countries may affect transatlantic relations.
Anastasia Vishnevskaya was born in Russia and received her Bachelors in Diplomacy and Dutch Studies at MGIMO. She has an M.A. in International Relations from the Freie Universität Berlin, where she is currently completing her PhD on separatism in Russia and China. Her areas of research interest are nationalism, separatism, identity and media in international relations. She is a German and Russian native speaker, is fluent in English and Dutch and speaks basic Mandarin.
Diego Benning Wang
Dr Jonathan Waterlow
Dr Yuval Weber
Elena Yamburenko is a Ph.D. student in International Affairs at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), where she is writing the thesis on the main instruments of French innovation policy and their applicability in Russia. She is also a lecturer at the Chair of Applied International Analysis (MGIMO), teaching such subjects as ‘Russia in Global Politics’ and ‘Great Powers and Regional Sub-systems in Global Politics’. Prior to entering the MGIMO Postgraduate School she completed her B.A. (2011) and M.A. (2013) in International Affairs (both with honours) at the same university.
Elena’s interests in the field of political science cover international affairs in general and development policies in particular, with a special focus on world order transformations and Russia’s foreign policy. Given the weight that Euro-Atlantic issues carry in global politics and Russia-West relations she considers it to be crucial to have substantial expertise in the area and seeks to deepen her knowledge on the subject. Elena is genuinely interested in conducting a thorough analysis of the correlation between the visions of further development of the global economic and political systems shared, on the one hand, by Western powers and, on the other, by “emerging” countries, including Russia.