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2011 Weiser Fellows

Phikria Asanishvili
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Phikria Asanishvili is associate professor of international relations at the Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Georgia. Professor Asanishvili earned her Ph.D. in political studies at Tbilisi State Institute of Theology and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in 2003. In 2009-10, she was a Lane Kirkland Scholar in Warsaw, where she also held an internship at the Polish Institute of International Affairs. Professor Asanishvili spent four weeks at U-M in March 2011 researching the Russian-Georgian war’s impact on Eurasian and European security. Her host advisor was Gerard Libaridian, Armenian Studies Program Director and Alex Manoogian Visiting Professor of Modern Armenian History.

Ivan Bimbilovski
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Ivan Bimbilovski is associate professor and vice dean of the Faculty of Law at the European University in Skopje, Macedonia, where he specializes in comparative constitutional law, international law, and human rights. He received a doctorate of juridical sciences (magna cum laude) from Central European University in 2006 and has conducted research at the University of Toronto and Humboldt University in Berlin. Professor Bimbilovski will spend four weeks at U-M in September 2011 researching the establishment and management of legal clinics in collaboration with his U-M host advisor, Vivek Sankaran, clinical assistant professor of law in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and director of the Detroit Center for Family Advocacy.

Hamazasp Danielyan
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Hamazasp Danielyan is assistant professor of political science at Yerevan State University, Armenia, where he earned his Ph.D. in 2009. He has worked with a number of NGOs, most extensively during elections. Professor Danielyan will visit U-M for three weeks in April 2011 to research his project titled, "The Possibilities of Representation for the Armenian Diaspora Community after the Turkish-Armenian Rapprochement," in collaboration with Gerard Libaridian, Armenian Studies Program Director and Alex Manoogian Visiting Professor of Modern Armenian History.

Tetiana Galetska
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Tetiana Galetska is senior instructor of economics at the Ostroh Academy, National University, Ukraine. Professor Galetska received her Ph.D. in 2009 from L’viv State Agrarian University, and brings real-world experience as an accountant to her academic research. While at U-M for three weeks in February 2011, she will explore financial market research, leasing, and investment operations, particularly in the agricultural sector. Her U-M host advisor is John Branch, lecturer of marketing and strategy at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Nino Kakubava
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Nino Kakubava is assistant professor of public policy and administration at the University of Georgia and lecturer in public administration at the Caucasus University School of Government, Tbilisi, Georgia. Professor Kakubava has earned advanced degrees from the University of Edinburgh (UK), the Georgian University of Social Sciences, and Tbilisi State Medical University, and has completed fellowships and training programs in London and Istanbul. She will research the practice of lobbying and develop a module on lobbying and advocacy for use in public administration courses during two weeks at U-M in April 2011. Her host advisor is Richard L. Hall, professor of political science and public policy.

Olga Plavutska
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Olga Plavutska teaches English at the European University, Ternopil campus, and at Ternopil V. Hnatiuk National Pedagogical University, Ukraine, where she earned her doctorate in education in 2010. She has published a number of articles discussing cultural issues in education. During her four-week stay at U-M in October 2011, Professor Plavutska will collaborate with her host advisor, Professor Sara Konrath of the U-M Institute for Social Research, on a project entitled, “Overcoming the Effects of Religious Intolerance.”

Reda Satuniene
Weiser Professional Development Fellow, 2011

Reda Satuniene is a research assistant in the Department of Art Pedagogy at Kaunas College in Lithuania, and regularly conducts seminars at several other institutions. She received her Ph.D. in 2008 from Vytautas Magnus University and the Lithuanian Institute of History. Dr. Satuniene will spend two weeks at U-M in November 2011 researching security issues for youth subcultures along with her U-M host advisor, School of Social Work Dean Laura Lein, and Professors Daphna Oyserman and Katie Richards-Schuster.