Contact Information & Background
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Government
Model UN Advisor
Ladd 309 - Phone, 580-5242
Ph.D. Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1999
B.A. in Political Science, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA 1992
Of Khans and Kremlins: Tatarstan and the Future of Ethnofederalism in Russia. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, November 2008).
Articles & Book Chapters
“Multiple Museums, Multiple Nations: The Politics of Communal Representation in Post-Soviet Tatarstan,” in Dilemmas of Diversity After the Cold War, Michele Rivkin-Fish and Elena Trubina, eds. (Washington, DC: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 2010).
"Ethnicity and Identity: Russia's Multicultural Deilemmas in Chechnya and Beyond"
in Understanding Contemporary Russia, Mike Bressler, ed. (Boulder, CO: Lynne Reinner, 2008).
“Making Russia Multicultural: Kazan at its Millennium and Beyond,”Problems of Post-Communism, November-December 2007, p.17-27.
“’Russian Islam’ and the Politics of Religious Multiculturalism in Russia” in Rebounding Identities: Multicultural Legacies in Russia and Ukraine, Dominique Arel and Blair Ruble, eds., Washington, DC: Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2006.
“Shireen Hunter, Islam in Russia: The Politics of Identity and Security,” co-author with Sener Akturk, Eurasian Geography and
Economics, Volume 46: #4, 2005, p. 319-325.
“Chechnya”, in DeFacto States: The Quest for Sovereignty, Tozun Bahcheli, Barry Bartmann, and Henry Srebrnik, eds., London: Routledge,
“The Gender of Sovereignty: Constructing Statehood, Nation, and Gender Regimes in Post-Soviet Tatarstan”, in Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition, Kathleen Keuhnast and Carol Nechemias, eds., Johns Hopkins University Press and Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 2004.
"Ten Years of Sovereignty in Tatarstan: End of the Beginning or Beginning of the End ?" , Problems of Post-Communism, September-October 2001, p. 32-41.
"Projecting Sovereignty in Post-Soviet Russia: Tatarstan in the International Arena" in Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order, Michael Keating and John McGarry, eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
"Education Reform in Tatarstan and Bashkortostan: Sovereignty Projects in Post-Soviet Russia," Europe-Asia Studies, June 1999.
"The Volga Tatars: Diasporas and the Politics of Federalism." in Nations Abroad: Diaspora Politics and International Relations in the Former Soviet Union, Charles King and Neil Melvin, eds. (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998).
“Russia,” in The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today’s World, Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, and Jane E. Sloan, eds. (Sage Publications,
Book Review. “Gordon Hahn, Russia’s Islamic Threat”, Journal of Strategic Studies, 31:5 (October), 2008.
Book Review. “Elizabeth Pascal, Defining Russian Federalism”,Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 40 (2-4), p.513-515, 2006.
“Democratization and Gender Politics in Post-Soviet Russia: The View from Tatarstan,” Kennan Institute Brief, August 2002.
“Russia: Bashkortostan—A Case Study On Building National Identity,” Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, Prague, Czech Republic, August 1997.
Consultant and script writer for NYS Military Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, on DVD
project entitled “New York State Heroines of World War Two”, now part of the museum’s
permanent collection. Spring 2006.
Policy briefing at the United States Department of State, Washington, D.C., entitled “Religion and Politics in Russian Islam”, August 14, 2003.
Academic Conferences and Presentations
Panel Chair, “Minority Language Policy in the Russian Federation” and “Center-Regional Relations in the Russian Federation”. Annual Meeting of the Association of Nationalities. Columbia University, New York City. April 2011.
“Neo-Jadidism or State-Building Tool? Euro-Islam in Post-Soviet Tatarstani Politics.” Paper presented at the VII World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies, Stockholm, Sweden, July 2010.
“The Politics of Eurovision: A Popular Culture Phenomenon as Indicator of Regional Identity and Geopolitics in Europe.” With Katherine Morton. Paper presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University. April 2010.
"Russia and Islam: Tangled Past and Uncertain Future”, roundtable accepted for American
Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies annual meeting, Washington, DC,
“Tatarstan’s Vision of Euro-Islam: Fighting Orientatlist Legacise, Imagining New Realitites”, paper delivered at the 11th Annual World Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities Annual Conference, Columbia University, March 2006.
Chaired panel entitled, “Imagining Soviet and Post-Soviet Identity” at the 11th Annual
World Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University,
“Multiple Museums, Multiple Nations: The Politics of Communal Representation in Post-Soviet Tatarstan”, paper presented at workshop entitled Diverse Cultures in Contemporary Society, Kennan Center, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, January 2006.
“A Tale of Two Islams: ‘Wahhabism’ vs ‘Russian Islam’,”paper presented at the conference “The Roots of Islamic Radicalism”, Yale University, May 2004.
Discussant for panel entitled “Transition and Gender in Russia: Political, Economic and Media Issues“ at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2003.
“Introduction of Islam into Political and Public Life in Russia,” presentation at the conference “Islam in Russia: History, Politics and Culture”, sponsored by the Kennan Institute and Middle East Project of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC, November 2004.
“A ‘Russian’ Islam? Religion and and Multiculturalism in Russia,” paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 2003.
Discussant for panel “Islam and the Future of Russia,” at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Nationalities, Columbia University, April 2003.
"Islam and Multiculturalism in Russia, " paper presented at the "Multicultural Legacies in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus" workshop held at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, DC, March 2002.
"Engaging Orientalisms Old and New: Islam and Politics in Tatarstan Before September 11 and After, " presentation given at the Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, March 2002.
"The Gender of Sovereignty: Constructing Statehood, Nationness and Gender Regimes in Post-Soviet Tatarstan," paper presented at the "Role of Women in Post-Communist Transitions" workshop held at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C., November2001.
"Engaging Orientalism in the 'Sovereign State of Tatarstan': New Variations on a Very Old Theme," paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, San Francisco, CA, September 2001.
Organizer and participant in the roundtable “Ten Years of Sovereignty in the Russian Federation” at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Denver, CO, November 2000.
Public Presentations at Skidmore College
“What are you going to do tonight?”, Seminar on Honor Code for Incoming First-Year Students, September 5, 2004
“Challenging Choices”, Seminar on Alcohol and Other Drug Use at Skidmore for Incoming First-Year Students, September 7, 2004.
“Feminist Research Strategies and Stories,” March 23, 2004.
Senior Symposium Panel, “Mediated Society: The Role of Media in Creating Social Structures,” May 13, 2003.
Wrote and delivered honorary degree citation for Yale Law School Professor Harold Hongju Koh, May 2002.
First-year faculty roundtable “Finding Balance,” May 1, 2002.
“Global Implications of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks,” November 15, 2001
“Crime and Legal Reform in Post-Soviet Russia: Reflections from Tula”, translator, September 19, 2000.
ACA Roundtable “China and Taiwan,” April 2000
"Russia Twenty Years after Communism: European? Asian? Eurasian?," Saratoga Springs
Public Library, under the auspices of Saratoga-Chekhov Sister City Committee, May 19, 2011.
“Islam in Russia: Promise and Peril,” Saratoga Springs Public Library, under auspices of Saratoga-Chekhov Sister City Committee, May 2010.
"Petrostate? Oil and Politics in Contemporary Russia,” Saratoga Springs Public Library, under auspices of Saratoga-Chekhov Sister City Committee, March 2009.
"Russia After Putin?,” Saratoga Springs Public Library, under auspices of Saratoga-Chekhov Sister City Committee, April 2008.
“Understanding Russia’s Present Through Russia’s Past,” Saratoga Springs Public Library, under auspices of Saratoga-Chekhov Sister City Committee, April 2004.
“Multicultural Russia: Happy Family of Nations or Ethnic War Zone?”, Southern Vermont Arts Center’s Russia Lecture Series, Manchester, VT, April 2002.
Report on Sister City Committee at the State of the City Speech, Saratoga Springs Convention Center, January 27, 2002.