Faculty Funding

Weiser Faculty Grants
2014-16 Call for Proposals

The Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia (WCEE) seeks proposals for faculty-led research projects that engage European and Eurasian contextual expertise and/or broader thematic focus on emerging democracies or Islamic studies. University of Michigan faculty associated with CES, CREES, ISP, and/or WCED are all eligible.

Funds may be used to: pursue individual research projects; bring a colleague from the region to participate in a class, conference, or ongoing workshop; initiate a thematic or geographic workshop series that draws on faculty and/or engages students; travel overseas to design a research partnership with scholars and students from a particular institution; or work with NGOs to devise scholarly partnerships that will extend the public good. We encourage inventive ideas, especially those that involve multiple faculty members and students and welcome projects that engage WCED’s thematic concern for emerging democracies.

Awards range from $500 to $7,000, depending on the number and character of successful proposals. There will be three deadlines for submission of proposals for initiatives that will take place in 2013-15. These are: October 3, 2014; January 30, 2015; and April 3, 2015.

Proposals should include: (1) a Weiser Faculty Grant Request Form; (2) an explanatory statement no longer than 1,000 words; (3) a current CV for each principal organizer/participant; and (4) a budget detailing anticipated costs and all sources of support (pending and confirmed). We expect applicants will also explore other sources of support, where appropriate. Successful applicants will be asked to submit project descriptions for the WCEE/WCED websites and annual reports; a final report is expected as a condition of future support.

Successful proposals have demonstrated long-term scholarly impact, shown educational value for graduate or undergraduate support, extended international collaborations, and leveraged other sources of support. Funds may be requested for pilot projects or to supplement existing projects. Examples of previously funded projects are listed below.

Please send proposals to: Marysia Ostafin, WCEE; 1080 S. University, Suite 3668; Campus zip: 1106; mostafin@umich.edu.

Weiser Faculty Grants Awarded

Since Fall 2008, the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia has funded faculty projects on a wide range of subjects, across the disciplines and covering our region.


Irina Aristarkhova, Art & Design/Art History/Women’s Studies, for the symposium “Art and the State.”

Gergana Kodjebacheva, U-M Flint School of Health Professions & Studies, for a project promoting the use of eyeglasses among Romani children in Bulgaria.

Svitlana Rogovyk, Slavic, to establish internships for U-M students in Ukraine.


Natalie Bakopoulos, English, for a collection of essays on Greece and her book “Take Water with You.”

Rita Chin, History, for the London- and Berlin-based project “The Rise and Fall of Multiculturalism in Europe.”

Zvi Gitelman, Political Science/Judaic Studies, for his book project, “The Consequences of Politicized History: World War Two and the Holocaust in the USSR.”

Christopher House and Linda Tesar, Economics, for the project “The Transmission of the Great Recession.”

Gergana Kodjebacheva, U-M Flint School of Health Professions and Studies, for her study “Eye Care among Romani Children: Focus Groups with Parent and Eye Care Providers,” taking place in Bulgaria.

Josh Newell, Natural Resources and Environment, for a study of forest consumption in the Russian Far East and Northern Eurasia titled “On the Trail of the Global Russian Pine Tree.”

Damani Partridge, Anthropology/Afroamerican and African Studies, for the course “Filming the Future of Detroit” and residency of filmmaker Silvana Santamaria.


Giorgio Bertellini, Romance/Screen Arts and Cultures, for the book project “Emir Kusturica: Illustrating a Monograph.”

Eric Calderwood, Romance, for the project “Islam in Contemporary Spain: Identities and Representations.”

Geoff Eley, History, for a research project on German liberalism between the 1860s and 1930s.

Andrew Herscher, Slavic/Architecture & Urban Planning/History of Art, for the project “Grupa Spomnik Monument Group Publication.”

Allen Hicken, Political Science, for the project “Combatting Vote-Selling: A Field Experiment in the Philippines.”

Pauline Jones Luong, Political Science, for the project “The Nature and the Impact on Central Asia’s ‘Islamic Revival’.”

Olga Maiorova, Slavic/CREES, for the program “Ann Arbor in Russian Literature.”

Robyn Meeks, Natural Resources and Environment, for the project “Economics of a Light Bulb.”

Damani Partridge, Anthropology/Afroamerican and African Studies, for the project “Democratization as Exclusion.”


Scott Greer, Public Health, for the international conference “Governing through Data: Comparative Rankings and Policy Change in the European Union.”

James Hathaway, Law, to hire graduate student research assistants to develop an EU taxonomy based on the Refugee Case Law Site.

Lisa Kane Low and Ray DeVries, Nursing, for the comparative study “Models of Maternity Care: Lessons Learned through a Process of Comparative Analysis of the Dutch and U.S.-Based Systems to Promote Optimal Health Outcomes.”

Pauline Jones Luong, Political Science, for the conference “Islam, Society, and Politics in Central Asia.”

Svitlana Rogovyk, Slavic, to establish a partnership with the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation, developing course materials and exploring internship possibilities for students.

Anca Trandafirescu, Architecture, to conduct research for the project “Agree to Disagree – Phase 1.”

Geneviève Zubrzycki, Sociology, for the research project “Philo-Semitism and the Jewish Renaissance: Stretching the Symbolic Boundaries of the Nation in Democratic Poland.”


Pamela Ballinger, History, for an interdisciplinary conference on “Law and Human Rights in Global History.” 

Ted Brader, Political Science, for a collaborative project on the “Development of Partisanship in Emerging Democracies: Bulgaria and Moldova.” 

Zvi Gitelman, Political Science, for a program of cooperative, video-based seminars taught jointly by faculty at U-M and European University St. Petersburg. 

John E. Jackson, Political Science, for a research collaboration with the Institute for Political Studies of the Polish Academy of Science entitled, “A Tale of Two Economic Tigers: Poland and Ireland.” 

Alaina Lemon, Anthropology, for the 2012 Symposium of the Post-Communist Cultural Studies Interest Group (SOYUZ) at U-M. 

Endi Poskovic, Art and Design, for travel to Mostar to gather visual data for large-scale drawings that reveal a personal tale of discovery and displacement in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ramona Uritescu-Lombard, Germanic Languages & Literatures, for a one-time mini-course entitled “Twentieth Century Romania: Screening the West in the East.”


Barbara Anderson, Sociology, and Oksana Malanchuk, Institute for Social Research, to develop a survey methodology for the January 2010 presidential elections in Ukraine. 

Andrew Herscher, Architecture and Slavic, for a project titled “Cultural Politics of Preservation in Globalization.” 

Ramaswami Mahalingam, Psychology, for a comparative study of Czech and U.S. female engineers. 

Olga Maiorova, Slavic, for a workshop at U-M, “Imperial Nation: Tsarist Russia and the Peoples of Empire.” 

Peter Sparling, Dance, for “The Bodytalk Template,” a comparative, intercultural study of male dancers around the world. 

Jindrich Toman, Slavic, for continuation of the project “(Un)managed Memory,” a study of the status and functioning of cultural-heritage associations in the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution. 

Anca Trandafirescu, Architecture, for the design, construction, and installation of an inflatable monument commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Romanian revolution in Timişoara, Romania. 

Geneviève Zubrzycki, Sociology, for a comparative research project on religion, nationalism, and democratization in Poland and Quebec.


Joshua Cole, History, for sequential conferences at U-M and the University of Minnesota, “From Colonial History to Post-Colonial Societies: (Re) placing the Maghrib at the Center of the Twentieth Century.” 

Alexander Knysh, Near Eastern Studies, for a workshop at U-M, “Teaching Islam in Eurasia.” 

Arland Thornton, Sociology, for a workshop in Brno, Czech Republic, “Freedom, Development, Family, and Demography.” 

Jindrich Toman, Slavic, for a project on the transformation of cultural initiatives in the Czech Republic from the 1990s to the present. 

Magdalena Zaborowska, American Culture/CAAS, for a collaborative community-based project in Sejny, Poland. 

William Zimmerman, Political Science; Zvi Gitelman, Political Science; and Mikhail Krutikov, Slavic/Judaic Studies; for a series of video-based seminars to be taught jointly with faculty at the European University at St. Petersburg.