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Distinguished Fellow

WCEE hosts a prominent scholar, public figure, or activist at U-M during the academic year. The fellow may give a public lecture, teach a course, or otherwise participate in scholarship on campus.

Yevgenia Albats

WCEE Distinguished Fellow, 2019-20

Yevgenia M. Albats is a Russian investigative journalist, political scientist, author and radio host. Since 2007, she has been the Political Editor and then Editor-in-Chief and CEO of The New Times, a Moscow-based, Russian language independent political weekly. It went digital in June of 2017 when its distribution and sales were severed by the Russian authorities.

Since 2004 Albats has hosted Absolute Albats, a talk-show on Ekho Moskvy, the only remaining liberal radio station in Russia. Albats was an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow assigned to the Chicago Tribune in 1990, and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1993.  She graduated from Moscow State University in 1980, and received her PhD in Political Science from Harvard University in 2004.

She is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since its founding in 1996. Albats taught at Yale in 2003-2004, and she was a full-time professor at Moscow’s Higher School of Economics, where she taught institutional theory of the state and bureaucracy until 2011 when her courses were cancelled at the request of top Kremlin officials.

In 2017, Albats was chosen as inaugural fellow at Kelly’s Writers House and Perry House at the University of Pennsylvania. Albats is the author of the four independently researched books, including one on the history of the Russian political police, the KGB, whose graduates are running the country today. She has a daughter, and resides in Moscow, Russia.

She is the International Institute Distinguished Faculty Fellow and WCEE Distinguished Fellow for 2019-20. While in residence at the University of Michigan, Albats will continue her radio show while also teaching courses in political science. On January 27, 2020, she will deliver a lecture titled "The Russian Media: 30 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall" as part of the CREES 60th Anniversary series.

Krzysztof Śmiszek

WCEE Distinguished Fellow, Fall 2018

Krzysztof Śmiszek is a Polish human rights lawyer and activist. He received his Ph.D. in law from the University of Warsaw and is a lecturer at the Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Krakow University in Poland.  

Dr. Śmiszek’s main area of expertise are human rights of minorities and women, with a special focus on LGBTI rights. He is also interested in comparative international anti-discrimination legislations and institutional protection against discrimination.  

He is currently the managing editor of The Anti-Discrimination Law Review.