CCPS Visiting Scholar, 2020-21
Alena Aniskiewicz received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Michigan in 2019 and was a University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities 2019-20 Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research, writing, and teaching explore Polish popular culture, literary history, and cultural heritage. Her current book project explores the relationship between Polish hip-hop and the nation's poetic tradition. She has written about Eastern European culture for Culture.pl, the Seattle Opera, Cosmopolitan Review, and Mercurian: A Theatrical Translation Review.
CREES Visiting Scholar, 2020-21
Professor Cynthia Buckley received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1991 before joining the faculty of the University of Texas, Austin. Between 2010-12 she served as the Program Director for Eurasia at the Social Science Research Council, later moving to the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A social demographer, her research focuses on the main drivers, and implications, of demographic change across Eurasia and appears in numerous academic journals, policy briefs, assessment reports, and edited volumes. Her current research focuses on a MINERVA-funded investigation of state capacity challenges in the areas of healthcare (including COVID-19), elections, and education in the multicultural countries of Estonia, Georgia, and Ukraine (with Ralph Clem and Erik Herron), and a solo book project on population change and social stability in Central Asia.