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Skidmore College
Political Science Department

Yelena Biberman-Ocakli

Yelena Biberman-Ocakli 2014Contact Information & Background:

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ladd 314
Phone: 518-580-5241
E-Mail: ybiberma@skidmore.edu

CV available here

 

 

Education

  • Ph.D. Brown University, 2014 (Political Science)
  • M.A. Brown University, 2010 (Political Science)
  • M.A. Harvard University, 2006 (Regional Studies)
  • B.A. Wellesley College, 2004 (International Relations)
  • Visiting Student. Oxford University, 2002-03 (Philosophy and International Relations)
PUBLICATIONS:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Book Chaper

Selected Non-Peer Reviewed

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS:

  • 2016-Present. Atlantic Council South Asia Center, Washington, DC, Nonresident Fellowship
  • 2016, 2017. Skidmore College Faculty Student Summer Research Grant
  • 2015-2016, 2016-2017. Judith Johns Carrico Faculty Grant
  • 2014-2015. Atlantic Council US-Pakistan Exchange Fellowship
  • 2015, 2016, 2017. Skidmore College Faculty Development Grant
  • 2014. Skidmore College Center for Leadership in Teaching and Learning Course Development Grant
  • 2014. American Institute of Pakistan Studies Travel Grant
  • 2014. Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Travel Grant
  • 2013-2014. Watson Institute for International Affairs Graduate Fellowship [declined, to accept a teaching position at Union College]
  • 2012-2013. Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship, United States Institute of Peace (USIP)
  • 2012-2013. American Institute of Pakistan Studies Junior Fellowship
  • 2012. Smith Richardson Foundation World Politics and Statecraft Fellowship
  • 2011. Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Research Grant (Special Recognition: John L. Stanley Award)
  • 2011. James R. Millar Graduate Student Prize from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER)
  • 2011. New York Public Library Short-Term Research Fellowship
  • 2011. American Political Science Association Centennial Center for Political Science and Public Affairs Fellow
  • 2011. Foreign Language and Area Studies Summer Fellowship, South Asia Summer Language Institute (SASLI), University of Wisconsin-Madison (Urdu)
  • 2011-2012. Brown University Graduate School Internal Dissertation Fellowship
  • 2011, 2012, 2013. Brown University Office of International Affairs Research Travel Grant
  • 2010, 2011, 2012. Brown University Graduate School Research Travel Grant
  • 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. Brown University Graduate School Conference Travel Grant
  • 2010. Brown University Political Science Department Methods Training Fellowship
  • 2009. IREX U.S. Embassy Policy Specialist Fellowship
  • 2009. Watson Institute for International Affairs Graduate Program in Development Summer Fieldwork Grant
  • 2008-2009. Stanley J. Bernstein ’65 Graduate Fellowship, Brown University
  • 2006-2007. Fulbright Fellowship
  • 2005. Harvard University Davis Center Research Travel Grant
  • 2005. Harvard University Ukrainian Institute Research Travel Grant
  • 2005. Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship
  • 2002-2003. National Science Foundation Award for the Integration of Research and Education
  • 2002, 2003. Francis Beirne National Essay Contest First Place Prize
  • 2003. Target “All-Around” Award
  • 2003. Wellesley Class Of ‘69 Community Service Award
  • 2002. Centuria of Excellence Award
  • 2001, 2002, 2004. Wellesley College Spirit of Service Award
  • 2001. Youth Venture Grant
  • 2001. Wellesley College First Year Academic Distinction

Conference and Workshop Presentations

  • Book Manuscript Workshop, Center for Contemporary South Asia, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University (November 11, 2016)
  • International Studies Association Annual Meeting (2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Annual Conference on South Asia (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • American Institute of Pakistan Studies Junior Scholars Conference (2015)
  • International Studies Association Northeast Annual Conference (2015, 2017)
  • Political Violence Workshop at Hamilton College (2015)
  • Association for the Study of Nationalities Annual Conference (2015)
  • American Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2010, 2014)
  • Modern South Asia Workshop at Yale University (2014)
  • International Studies Association Annual Meeting (2014)
  • Annual Conference on South Asia (2013, forthcoming 2014)
  • Cambridge University Press Watson Seminar, book manuscript review (2013)
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Strategic Use of Force Working Group (December 2013 and April 2013)
  • New England Political Science Association Annual Meeting (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Jennings Randolph Senior Fellows and Peace Scholars Workshop, USIP (2013)
  • Midwest Political Science Association Conference (2009, 2012, 2014)
  • National Seminar for Research Scholars on “Understanding Pakistan,” Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India (2011)
  • Harvard University Post-Communist Politics and Economics Workshop (2011)
  • IREX/Woodrow Wilson Center Regional Policy Symposium (2009)
  • Inter-Ivy Sociology Symposium at Columbia University (2009)
  • Russian Academy of Education Conference on Professional Education, Chebaksary, Russia (2006)
  • Harvard University Graduate Student Conference on Comparative and Security Policies (2006)
  • Harvard University Davis Center Undergraduate Research Conference (2004)

Invited Talks & Guest Lectures

  • Pi Sigma Alpha [National Political Science Honor Society] Keynote Speech at Skidmore College Political Science Department’s induction ceremony (March 10, 2016)
  • Silver Bay YMCA, Silver Bay, NY (June 28, 2016)
  • International Student Union, Skidmore College (December 2, 2016), “The Middle-Eastern and European Refugee Crisis: Causes, Consequences, Next Steps”
  • Skidmore College WIB(“Women in Business”)Talk (March 28, 2016)
  • Skidmore Encore (October 2015; November 2017)
  • Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India (August 2015)
  • Center for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India (August 2015)
  • Newcomb Foreign Affairs Roundtable, Newcomb, NY (July 2015)
  • National Police Academy, Islamabad, Pakistan (December 2014)
  • National Ground Intelligence Center, Charlottesville, VA (August 2014)
  • Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia (March 2008; November and December 2012)
  • Institute of Kashmir Studies, University of Kashmir in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (2012)
  • Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India (2012)
  • IREX Regional Office in Kiev, Ukraine (2009)
  • American Center in Moscow, Russia (2008)
  • U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Russia (2008)
  • History of Russian-American Diplomatic Relations: 200 Years, FLEX Alumni Conference in Yaroslavl, Russia (2007)

Additional Training

  • National Security Seminar, U.S. Army War College (June 2016)
  • Dissertation to Book Workshop, American Institute of Indian Studies, Annual Conference on South Asia, Madison, WI (October 2014)
  • Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies Basin Harbor Workshop (June 2014)
    • Training in the field of strategic studies through a five-day pedagogical colloquium focusing on teaching an introductory course in strategic studies; syllabus construction; case teaching; use of film in the classroom; gaming and simulations; and staff rides
  • Pay It Forward: Women Helping Women in International Relations, International Studies Association Annual Convention (2014)
  • Summer Workshop on Analysis of Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (2013)
  • Olympia Summer Seminars: Transformation of Conflict, Olympia, Greece (2012)
  • Staff Writer at Russia Profile Magazine in Moscow, Russia (2007-08)
    • Authored over 50 analytical articles; substituted Executive Editor in July 2008

Methodological Training

  • Research and Design for Causal Inference, Northwestern Law (2014)
  • Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Geographic Information System (GIS) Institute (2012)
  • Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Syracuse, NY (2010)

Pedagogical Training

  • Brown University Sheridan Center Teaching Certificate I (2009-10) and Certificate III (2010-11)
  • College Reading and Learning Association Tutor Certification (2002-03)

Selected Media Appearances

  • Foreign Policy, Quoted in “Streetfighting Men: Is Ukraine’s Government Bankrolling a Secret Army of Adidas-Clad Thugs?” (February 6, 2014)
  • Al Jazeera Arabic News Channel, Live Interview (April 18, 2008)
  • The Wall Street Journal, The Informed Reader, Coverage of my Foreign Policy article “Generation Putin Eyes the World Warily” (January 29, 2008)
  • Chinese Xinhua News Agency, Interview (February 29 and March 3, 2008)
  • Political Talk Show Narod Hochet Znat’ (TVS-Moscow Television Channel), Interview (November 30, 2007)

Manuscript Reviewer

  • American Political Science Review
  • Asian Affairs: An American Review
  • International Studies Quarterly
  • Problems of Post-Communism
  • African Journal of Political Science and International Relations
  • Brown Journal of History (Associate Editor, 2011)

Languages

  • Urdu/Hindi – advanced introductory
  • Russian – fluent
  • Spanish – intermediate
  • Turkish – introductory
  • Belarusian, Ukrainian – working knowledge