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Visiting Scholars

Anna Khvorostyankina

Anna Khvorostiankina (Visiting Professor)

Home Institution: Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine
Dates in Residence:
March 2017 to June 2017

Anna Khvorostiankina is Associate Professor of Law at the Law School of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine) and UNESCO Chair of Human Rights, Democracy and European Studies of Yerevan State University of Languages and Social Sciences (Armenia).

She received her Ph.D. in Legal Theory from the Legislation Institute of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (2012); a Second Level Masters in “Advanced Studies in European and Transnational Law” from University of Trento, Italy (2006); and an LL.M. from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine (2005). Anna lectures on Constitutional Law, Legal Theory and the History of Legal Thought, and EU Law. In Yerevan, she teaches “Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law in Post-Soviet Space” within the Jean Monnet module in European Union Studies. Her research focuses on the processes of Europeanization of post-Soviet legal systems; recent developments in judicial argumentation in post-Soviet countries; post-communist constitutional identities and particularities of the rule of law in the countries in transition.

Veronika Lapina

Veronika Lapina (Wayne Vucinich Fellow)

Dates in Residence:
January 2017 to March 2017

Veronika Lapina got her Ph.D. in Sociology from European University at St. Petersburg in December 2016. Her doctoral research Queer Nomads: In-Country Mobility of Sexual Becomings in Russia offers a reparative reading of queer lives at Russia’s periphery trying to depart from a paranoid perspective where homophobia is seen as upholding the explanatory power over the way lives of non-heterosexual residents are structured. Borrowing analytical tools from new materialist philosophy, she explores the existing lacuna within the field of queer sexuality in Russia and challenges the metronormative perspective in studying post-Soviet sexualities. Her work discusses liminality, remembering, and affect-shame, and addresses questions of space-time-mattering.

She is using her fellowship to prepare a dissertation-based book proposal for Duke University Press.
David Ransel

David L. Ransel (Scholar in Residence)

Home Institution: Indiana University, Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus
Dates in Residence:
September 2016 to September 2019

David L. Ransel is the Robert F. Byrnes Professor Emeritus at Indiana University. He has published nine books, including four monographs, and several dozen articles on topics in Russian political, social and oral history. Ransel served as editor-in-chief of the Slavic Review 1980-85 and editor-in-chief of the American Historical Review 1985-95. From 1995 to 2009 he was director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University. He served as president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in 2004. He is currently at work on an oral history study of civic identity and social attachments of the last Soviet and first post-Soviet generations of workers in the industrial suburbs of Moscow.

Nona Shahnazarian

Nona Shahnazarian

Home Institution: The National Academy of Sciences in Yerevan, Armenia
Project Title: Mutual Accusations of Ethnic Cleansing in the Azeri-Armenian Conflict: Memory Wars and Emerging State Ideologies
Fellowship: Carnegie Research Fellowship Program
Dates in Residence:
December 2016 to May 2017

Nona Shahnazarian is Associate Researcher at The National Academy of Sciences, Yerevan, Armenia and Center for Independent Social Research, St. Petersburg, Russia. She was a foreign visiting fellow at UCLA on Fulbright program (2006-2007), at SRC Hokkaido university, Japan (2011-2012), at Halle-Saale, DAAD, Germany (2012), at Higher School of Social Sciences, EHESS, Paris (2013), at Academic Swiss Caucasus Network, Fribourg university, Switzerland (2015), and at Armenian Research Center, Dearborn-Michigan University, USA (2015). She has conducted extensive fieldwork in Russia, Armenia, Georgia, and Nagorno-Karabagh and has published on the issues of gender, war, migration and diaspora in the Caucasus. She published her numerous academic articles and books:

In the Tight Embrace of Tradition: War and Patriarchy, 2011. St. Petersburg: “Aleteia”

Memory and War: Armenian District through the Lens of Everyday Life. 2013. Kasnodar: Studia PontaCaucasica “Manuscript”

She has run the regional office of the Women in War Think Tank in Yerevan since 2015. 

Ana Siljak

Ana Siljak

Home Institution: Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Project Title: The Art of Life: Religion and Aesthetics in the Russian Silver Age, 1890-1917
Dates in Residence:
September 2016 to June 2017

Ana Siljak is associate professor of history at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  Her work and teaching focuses on nineteenth century Russia and intellectual history. Her book on nineteenth-century Russian terrorism, Angel of Vengeance:  the “Girl Assassin,” the Governor of St. Petersburg, and Russia’s Revolutionary World (St. Martin’s Press, 2008) was shortlisted for the 2009 Charles Taylor prize in Canada.  She is currently working on an intellectual history of the Russian Silver Age, entitled The Art of Life: Religion and Aesthetics in the Russian Silver Age, 1890-1917