Visiting scholars 2019


Head of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at the Sociological Institute of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg, Russia

Period of stay: 1 Nov - 1 Dec

Elena Maslovskaya, Doctor of Sciences (Sociology), is a Lead researcher and the head of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies at the Sociological Institute of the Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St.-Petersburg. Her research interests include sociology of law, sociology of professions, functioning of Russian legal institutions, law enforcement, human rights NGOs, the access to justice for vulnerable groups. She has conducted research on transformations of the Russian judicial system, the juridical profession, interaction of human rights NGOs with Russian and European legal institutions and the role of forensic expert evidence in legal proceedings. Some of the findings were presented in her books Sociological Theories of Law and Analysis of Legal Institutions of Russian Society and Transformations of the Russian Judicial System (both in Russian). Her articles have appeared, among others, in such periodicals as Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya, Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsial’noi antropologii, Mir Rossii and Uppsala Yearbook of Eurasian Studies. In August-September 2018 she was a visiting fellow at Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. Her ongoing research project is devoted to migrants’ access to justice in today’s Russia with a special focus on the activities of cultural mediators such as court interpreters, human rights lawyers and NGOs members.


Postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

Period of stay: 28 Oct -  22 Nov

Dr Olga Dovbysh is a postdoctoral researcher at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, and coordinator of the Russian Media Lab project. She works at the intersection of media studies, economic sociology and political economy, and studies media markets in Russia. In her current research she examines hyperlocal media in Russia, their social meanings, technological challenges and economic constraints. In particular, her work focuses on how internet and digital technologies affect regional and local media landscapes and how local journalist culture in changing in the new technological environment of media production. Dovbysh has extensive experience of conducting field work in Russia, where she interviewed numerous journalists, editors, media managers and other media actors. Her work has been published in, e.g., American Behavioral Scientist, Russian Journal of Communication, Ekonomicheskaya Sotsiologiya (The Journal of Economic Sociology). She holds a PhD from Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and MA from The Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)

Yaroslav Hrytsak

Professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine

Period of stay: 1 - 30 Oct

Yaroslav Hrytsak is professor of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.  He also taught at the Harvard University (2000, 2001), Columbia University (1994, 2004) and Central European University (1996-2009), and is director of the Peter Jacyk Program for Studies of Modern Ukraine and co-director of the German-Ukrainian Historical Commission. His publications includes two recent books “Ivan Franko and His Community” (2019, in English) and “Essays on Modern Ukrainian History” (2019, in Ukrainian). Currently he is working on a book on regionalism in Ukraine.   Prof. Hrytsak is a visiting fellow at IRES until October 30.

Oliver Reisner

Professor at Ilia State University, Georgia 

Period of stay: 11 Sep – 12 Oct

Oliver Reisner received a PhD degree for the thesis on nation building in late 19th - early 20th century Georgia at Georg August University Goettingen (Germany) in the field of History of Eastern Europe. He has also studied Slavic languages and literatures (Russian and Polish).
From 2000 until 2003 Dr. Reisner worked as a coordinator for a new post-graduate MA programme "Central Asia / Caucasus" at the Department for Central Asian Studies at Humboldt University Berlin. Then he left the academia working as a project manager for World Vision International in Georgia. Dr. Reisner implemented an EU-funded project "Inter-Communal Centres for Youth" (ICY) to foster integration of ethnic diverse youth in the south of Georgia (Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions). From July 2005 until August 2015 he was a project manager in the Operations Section at the EU Delegation to Georgia dealing with issues like democracy support, civil society development, education, youth and minority issues as well as monitoring and evaluation. Since September 2015 Dr. Reisner has been back to academia at Ilia State University teaching European and Caucasian Studies. From September 2016 until August 2019 he was a Jean Monnet professor at Ilia State University.
Dr. Reisner’s field of current research is a book project on "Remembering the Soviet Past in Georgia" covering different forms of commemoration in Georgian society and the state. Besides that he is dealing with issues of "Europeanisation", on how Georgia is appropriating certain concepts and instruments from the EU in its domestic environment.

Ani Grigoryan

PhD candidate, Department of Political Processes and Institutes,  National Academy of Sciences, Armenia

Period of stay: 1 September 2019 – 29 February 2020
Ani Grigoryan is a PhD student at the Department of Political Processes and Institutes National Academy of Sciences. She has held fellowship at Fribourg University, Switzerland. The scope of her research interests include Conflict Resolution, Political Regimes and Democracy Studies.

Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia

Period of stay: 10 September 2019 – 29 February 2020

Dr. Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia got doctorate degree in psychological anthropology from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (2016). Recently he has worked as a visiting research fellow at the universities of Chicago, Luxembourg, Aalborg, Basque country, Fribourg and Jacobs university. He taught various courses mainly in Georgia, however, also at Jacobs university, Bremen, Germany.

His research interests are associated with identity construction, selfhood, dialogism, mobility/migration, sociocultural changes and acculturation. Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia elaborated the term of proculturation to signify subjective experiences and related meaning-making processes which develop when people meet foreign cultural elements. Moreover, he is interested in the research of interplay between culture and personality throughout the historical development and follows cultural psychological theoretical stance.

Currently, he is studying Georgian emigrants proculturative adaptive experiences in Sweden and in neighboring countries in Europe. His recent publications reveal the characteristics of Georgians’ identity construction and also, theoretical subtleties of semiotic dynamics of adaptation in emigration. Vladimer Lado Gamsakhurdia’s work at Uppsala university is oriented on the building of the complete theory of proculturation.

Shota Kakabadze

Ph.D. candidate and Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu

Period of stay: 1 September 2019 – 31 May 2020
Shota Kakabadze is a Ph.D. candidate and Junior Research Fellow in International Relations at Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies at the University of Tartu. His doctoral dissertation focuses on national identity discourses in Georgia and their relationship with foreign policy trajectories. His most recent publications include a poststructuralist study of the image of Stalin in contemporary Georgian national identity. During his stay at IRES, he will be working on how the dominant narrative on national identity addresses the Communist legacy in contemporary Georgia.

Jessica Zychowicz

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta, Canada

Period of stay: 29 August - 1 October

Dr. Jessica Zychowicz is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta in the Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program at CIUS. She was recently a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2017-2018) based at Kyiv-Mohyla University. Her monograph, Superfluous Women: Feminism, Art,and Revolution in 21st Century Ukraine is forthcoming at University of Toronto Press. She is co-editing a series at the academic journal Krytyka at Harvard on questions of race and postcolonialism. Dr. Zychowicz was also a Fellow at the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. For more information:


PhD, Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London; Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Period of stay: 16 August - 15 September

Dr Ben Noble is Lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He was previously the Herbert Nicholas Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College, University of Oxford, from where he received his doctorate, the dissertation for which was awarded the Political Studies Association’s Walter Bagehot Prize. His research centres on legislative politics in non-democratic regimes, with particular projects focussing on executive factionalism and law-making in the Russian State Duma, and a cross-national study into cases of parliamentary closure. For the latter project, Ben has been awarded a 2019 British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award. He has published articles in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of European Public Policy, and The Journal of Legislative Studies.

Ohannes Geukjian

Assistant Professor in the Political Studies & Public Administration Department at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon

Period of stay: 13 May - 30 May

Ohannes Geukjian is Assistant Professor and Acting Chairperson in the Political Studies & Public Administration department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He received his BA in Political Studies and MA in International Relations from AUB, and was awarded the PhD in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford, UK. He specializes in ethnic conflict, nationalism, conflict resolution, peace building in war-torn societies and Middle East politics. He has three books and a variety of articles in refereed journals.

Andriy Posunko

Post-doctoral fellow at Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary

Period of stay: 7 May - 10 June

Dr. Andriy Posunko defended his PhD thesis at Central European University in 2018 and his research focused on the social and military history of cossack units in the Pontic Steppe region of the Russian Empire. Andriy’s other publications also dealt with peculiarities of irregular military service in New Russia, Bessarabia, and Caucasus; trans-imperial movement of people, goods and ideas between Russian, Ottoman, and Habsburg empires; as well as ambiguities of social and legal status of the inhabitants in the borderlands contested by these three empires.

Currently Andriy is a post-doctoral fellow at Eotvos Lorand University (Hungary), where he teaches courses on inter-imperial encounters and entanglements in the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as continues his research on the imperial transformations in the Pontic Steppe region during the late eighteenth - early nineteenth centuries.

Alaina Lemon

Professor in Anthropology; Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan

Period of stay: 17 April - 2 May

Alaina Lemon holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and is currently Professor in Anthropology and the Director of the Interdepartmental Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan. Profesor Lemon is

Alaina Lemon is a socio-cultural and linguistic anthropologist who works in Russia and the Former Soviet Union.  She is interested in how debates about aesthetic techniques and communicative forms relate to struggles over political change or social hierarchies.  She has conducted ethnographic research in directing schools, in theaters and backstage, on film sets, with journalists and press analysts, in the Moscow Metro, and, of course, sitting with people in kitchens and in front of television sets. She also sifts through archives and internet, broadcast, and print media texts.  She has written a book about ways Roma in Russia are racialized through performance--even as they also produce social value through meta-communication around performance encounters.

She has published articles that connect racial discourses (with emphasis on non-referential ways to index race) in post-Soviet Russia to Cold War narratives, to counterfeit currency, to public transit, and to institutionalized forms of performance.  Recent publications address the training of cultural producers in Russia, critically exploring categories of practice such as  "Verbal Terror," "Empathy," and "Hybrid Chronotopes."  Forthcoming work includes a study of ways people address both anxieties about mental influence as well as utopian hopes for a world of mental communion by linking theatrical practice with the spectacular techniques of paranormal science.


PhD, senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow, Russia

Period of stay: 15 April - 15 May

Alexey Zhavoronkov is senior researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. He has received his first PhD in Classical Philology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2010. In 2013, he has successfully defended his doctoral thesis in philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin. His doctoral study in Germany was funded by a fellowship of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Between 2013 and 2017, he worked as postdoctoral researcher in Berlin, Weimar and Erfurt. The key fields of his research are German philosophy of the 19th and 20th century (most prominently Nietzsche and Arendt), philosophical anthropology and social philosophy. His current project focuses on the cognitive, ethical and social role of exceptions which, along with norms, are an integral part of our everyday life. The main goal of his work in Uppsala is to study the differences between the conservative and the pseudo-conservative model of action in contemporary Russian society and politics – from the perspective of the role of exceptions which depend on our decisions. 


PhD, Professor in Law, Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Ukraine

Period of stay: 2 April - 1 June

Roman Petrov holds LL.M in EU Law (Durham University, UK, 1998), PhD in Law (National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 2000), PhD in Law (Queen Mary, University of London, UK, 2005) and habilitation in Law (Law Institute at the Parliament of Ukraine, 2014). He conducted post-doctoral research as Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute (Italy, 2006-2008) and had visiting research fellowships at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) (Alexander von Humboldt research fellow), the University of Oxford (UK), the University of Augsbrug (Germany) and Ghent University (Belgium) (Foreign Chair in 2015-2016). Professor Petrov is founder and first elected President of the Ukrainian European Studies Association. Currently Prof. Petrov is Jean Monnet Chair in EU Law and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence at the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Ukraine. Areas of Prof. Petrov’s research and teaching include: EU Law, EU External Relations Law; Approximation and Harmonisation of Legislation in the EU; Rights of Third Country Nationals in the EU, Legal Aspects of Regional Integration in the Post-Soviet Area.


MA student at the University of Toronto, Canada

Period of stay: 1 Apr - 30 Jun, 2019

Elizabeth Haig is a Master's student at the Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on NATO-Russia relations in the Arctic region during the Cold War. She is interning at IRES Uppsala from 1 April to 30 June 2019.

Leszek Koczanowicz

Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland

Period of stay: 1 Mar - 9 Aug, 2019

Leszek Koczanowicz is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Faculty of Psychology at the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities. In the academic year 2015/16 he was also EURIAS Senior Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. Leszek Koczanowicz specializes in theory of culture, social theory, and cultural aspects of politics. His previous appointments include Wroclaw University, SUNY/Buffalo (1998–1999 and 2000–2001), Columbia University (2004–2005), and SUNY/Geneseo (2013). He is the author and editor of twelve books and numerous articles in Polish and English, including Politics of Time: Dynamics of Identity in Post-Communist Poland ( Berghahn Books 2008),  Lęk nowoczesny. Eseje o demokracji i jej adwersarzach (Modern Fear: Essays on Democracy and its Adversaries, 2011), and Politics of Dialogue. Non-Consensual Democracy and Critical Community (Edinburgh University Press 2015). Recently his was an editor (with Idit Alaphandry) Democracy, Dialogue, Memory: Expression and Affect Beyond Consensus (Routledge 2018). Professor Koczanowicz is staying at IRES 9th of August 2019.

ASKAR Mustafin

Lecturer and researcher at the Department of Economic Theory and Econometrics of Kazan Federal University, Russia 

Period of stay: 1 Mar - 30 Jun, 2019

Askar Mustafin is Sverker Åström's Foundation 2019 Scholar. He is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Economic Theory and Econometrics of Kazan Federal University. Dr. Mustafin holds a PhD degree from Kazan National Research University. His thesis deals with the status and prospects of human capital development of innovation-active enterprises. He also has a degree in Law from Kazan Federal University.  

Dr. Mustafin is a member of a scientific board of international scientific peer-reviewed journal "Acta Statistica", which area of interest covers topics concerning the application of mathematical and statistical methods in various thematic subjects. Currently his research interests focus on the problems of regional disparities in developed countries. During his 4 months stay at IRES Dr. Mustafin will conduct research and will work on an article on economic research from Scopus database.

Askar Mustafin has been award a fellowship for a resarch visit at the Faculty of Management of University of Prešov in the Slovak Republic. During this research stay he together with his Slovak colleagues wrote a study guide "Fundamentals of entrepreneurship", available here:

Alma Kudebayeva

Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, KIMEP University, Kazakhstan

Period of stay: 4 Mar - 16 Mar, 2019

Alma Kudebayeva is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, KIMEP University (Kazakhstan), specializing on issues of poverty, inequality and labor economics. Dr. Kudebayeva has provided expertise on inequality and poverty assessment with the United Nations and the World Bank in a consultative capacity. She has also contributed to the IZA/DFID Growth and Labour Markets in Low Income Countries Programme and Stockholm International Peace Research Institute’s project on gender and employment in Central Asia.  Dr. Kudebayeva was a Fulbright scholar at Indiana University and Research Fellow at DIW (Berlin). She holds two doctoral degrees: one in mathematics from al-Farabi Kazakh National University and in development economics from the University of Manchester.

Elena Liarskaya

Researcher in at the European University at St. Petersburg, Center for Arctic Social Studies, Russia

Period of stay: 9 Feb - 9 Mar, 2019

Elena Liarskaya is a researcher in at the European University at St. Petersburg, Center for Arctic Social Studies. She has carried out extensive ethnographic research in Circumpolar Russia and has taken part in a number of research projects on the people in the Russian Arctic. She has published multiple article and book chapters in Russian and English  on issue related to the transformations of culture in the Arctic, the anthropology of boarding schools and education,  family models and strategies, birth control, indigenous women in the Arctic and Gender Shift, mobility, migration and connectivity, the history of Russian Anthropology.


Period of stay January 14 -July 13

Dr. Garagozov holds degrees in Psychology from Lomonosov Moscow State University (M.S., 1981, Ph.D., 1988). For many years he worked in several scientific centers and universities in Moscow and Baku as a researcher, consultant, and lecturer. In 2002-2003, and 2011-2012, Fulbright visiting professor at Washington University in St. Louis (the U.S.). He contributed to many international conferences and symposiums. He has authored over 80 articles and books, the latest of which Collective Memory: how collective representations about the past are created, preserved and reproduced  is  published   by Nova Science Publishers (New-York, USA) in 2015. Garagozov’s research interests are focused on such topics as: collective memory, national identity  and nationalism, interethnic conflict and conflict resolution with special interest in narratives and identities.  He was awarded the SI Visby Programme scholarship to work on a research project entitled "Managing Collective Memory in Conflict and Reconciliation." Taking Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a case study he is working currently on the book entitled as "Narrative nudge to peace in protracted conflict".