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Professional Activities

Advisory Council, Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C., 2006-2010

Editorial Board member, East European Politics and Societies, 2004-2010

Social Science Research Council, New York, Member of the Eurasia Program Board. 2002-4.

Representative of the American Political Science Association to the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 2002-4.

Member of the Board, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, 1998-2000, 2002-4.

Social Science Research Council, Member, Committee on International Peace and Security, 1993-95

MacArthur Foundation, Member, Selection Committee on Peace, Security and International Cooperation, 1992-3

Council on Foreign Relations, Member, Task Force on NATO Expansion, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Chair, 1999.

Council on Foreign Relations, Member, 1989-

Royal Institute of International Affairs, Member, 1975-85

Atlantic Council, Member, Study Group on Eastern Europe, 1992

Women in International Security, Member, 1987-2000

Cambridge University Press, Member, Editorial Board Soviet Paperbacks Series, 1984-9

Brookings Institution, Member, Washington Area Forum for Soviet (now Former Soviet) Affairs, 1983-2000

Fulbright Selection Committee, Cairo, Member, 1990-91

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Member, Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession, 1988-92

American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations, Washington, D.C., Member, 1986-92

Committee on National Security, Washington, D.C., Member, 1986-91

SSRC-MacArthur Foundation, Member, International Peace and Security Fellowship Application Screening Committee, 1986-90

Washington Area Doctoral Seminar on Soviet Affairs, Convener 1985-89
Harriman Institute, Columbia University, Associate, 1984-90
Council on Foreign Relations Study Group on Eastern Europe, Co-Director 1984-85

Atlantic Institute, Paris, Member, Project on Soviet-East European Relations as a Problem for Western Policy, 1984

Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, Co-Convener, Study Group on the Soviet Union and the Middle East, 1980-81

British House of Commons' Foreign Affairs Committee, The Specialist Advisor on Soviet Policy, 1979-80.

Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, Convener, Study Group on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, 1979-80

Cambridge University Press, Monograph Series on Soviet and East European Studies, Chair and Member, Executive Editorial Board, 1977-82

Member, National Advisory Board, Soviet Studies, 1977-81

University Activities

Since coming to Miami University in 2000, I have chaired the President’s search committee for a new Provost, and served on search committees in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the School of Fine Arts for Russian studies cluster hires, the Department of Political Science, the History Department, the Provost’s Search committee for the Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and on the Dean's search committee for the chair of the Department of Political Science. I have directed the Havighurst Center, and the many research and curricular committees that promote and stimulate development of the center. I also have served as the co-chair of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute initiative.

At the University of Maryland from 1985-2000, I served at the department level on the graduate studies committee, the departmental executive committee,  search committees, promotion and tenure committees, and curriculum development committees. At other levels within the university, I served on search committees for the Dean of the School of Public Affairs, the Chair of the Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, the College Council, the College Promotion and Tenure Committee, the Forum for Central Europe and the Russian Area and a variety of committees examining the status of women and minorities in the university.


Since coming to Miami, I have taught Introduction to World Governments, honors and non-honors sections, Soviet politics, Russian Politics, Imagining Russia, Digitizing St. Petersburg, and a senior seminar and graduate course on East European politics.
At Maryland from 1985-2000,  I  taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Democratization Theory, Comparative Politics, Soviet and post-Soviet domestic politics, Soviet and post-Soviet foreign policy, East European politics, Central Asian politics, and research seminars for advanced graduate students in comparative politics and international relations. I set and examined comprehensive exams in comparative politics, Soviet and post-Soviet politics. Seven students received their Ph.D.s under my supervision, and I have served on approximately 10 other committees.

Conference Papers, Speeches and Testimony (selected)

Miami University, Differdange campus, Luxembourg, “Communism as a Lived System of  Ideas” July 7, 2004.

Miami University, Society of Emeriti, “Is Communism Dead? The Legacy of Communist Ideas in the Postsoviet Era,” April 26, 2004.

Miami University, Havighurst Colloquium, “Mikhalkov’s Burnt by the Sun and the Search for a Usable Past in Russia,” April 7, 2004.

Miami University, Alumnae Affairs, Winter College, “Russian politics today” February 28, 2004.

University of Michigan, Center for Middle East and North African Studies, and Center for Russian and East European Studies, “Iraq: Crisis and Confrontation in Global Perspective,” March 13, 2003.

Miami University, Havighurst Conference on Imagining St. Petersburg, discussant, March 28-9, 2003.

Ohio State University, Mershon Center, “What are the Lessons of the Transition in Postcommunist States: What might they tell us about Iraq,” April 16, 2003.

Miami University, Student trip to Helsinki, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Novgorod, Moscow. lectures, May 7-18, 2003.

“What our knowledge of Post-communist Transitions Might Tell Us About What Would Work in Iraq” CIA, June 9, 2003
“Political Trends in Postcommunist States,” CIA, June 9, 2003.

Miami University, Reunion Weekend, “Sex, Lies and Videotapes in Russian Politics,” June 13, 2003.

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, “Lessons of the Transition in Postcommunist States for Constitutionalism in Iraq,” Themed panel participant, August 29, 2003.           

American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, paper, “Presidentialism and Democracy in Postcommunist States,”  August 30, 2003.

Miami University, Havighurst Colloquium, Fall 2003. Convenor and chair of Fall theme on The Role of Ideas in Postcommunism.

Miami University, Havighurst Colloquium, paper “Is Communism Dead?”, September 29, 2003.

Ohio State University, Mershon Center, October 3, paper “The Power of Ideas in Promoting and Solving Conflict in Post-Communist Politics”, Conference on Deprivation, Violence and Identities, mapping Contemporary World Conflicts.

Miami University, Havighurst Center, November 7-9. chair and discussant, Third International Young Researchers Conference, “Russia in Global Context: Peoples, Environments and Policies.”

Harvard University, Russian Research Center, paper, “Intended and Unintended Consequences of Elections in Russia and Postcommunist States,” April 25, 2002.

Columbia University, Harriman Institute, paper, “The Future of Regional Studies After 9.11." Friday, February 22, 2002.

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Meeting, Panel on “National Identity and Foreign Policy in Eurasia”, November 21, 2002

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Meeting, Panel on “The Future of Regional Studies,” November 23, 2002.

Miami University, Havighurst Center conference on “Russia Ten Years Later: Taking Stock” April 7-8, 2002

Discussant, panel on “Russian Culture and Democracy: contradictions and change” papers by Nina Khrushcheva, NYU and Stephen Hanson, University of Washington.

Chair, sessions on “Economic Stocktaking,” “The Russian Economy in Comparative Perspective,” and “Russian Institutions”

Paper presenter, “Political Learning in Postcommunist elections” 

Miami University, Havighurst Center Conference on Reconfiguring the Humanities in the Post-Soviet World. Presentation,  “Teaching St. Petersburg,” Friday, 22 March, 2002.

Columbia University, Harriman Institute, paper, “The Future of Regional Studies After 9.11." Friday, February 22, 2002.

International Studies Association Annual Meeting,  Discussant, Panel on “Conflict and Identity in Eastern Europe,”, March 27, 2002.

Liberty Foundation Conference on “The Great Game, Imperialism and the Military”, participant, Savannah, Georgia, October 18, 2001

Kettering Foundation, National Issues Forum on the Future of Russian-American Relations, presenter, Miami University, October 9, 2001.

American Political Science Association annual meeting, paper, "Democratization in Postcommunist Countries Revisited,"  August 31, 2001.

Miami University, Inaugural Lecture of the Havighurst Chair, “Mirror and Mask in America’s Image of Russia,” March 22, 2001.

Before 2000

North and South America

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Meetings; American Council of Learned Societies-Soviet Academy of Sciences Joint Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences, Second Symposium on Contemporary Problems of the Middle East; ACLS/Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Politics and Economics; American Political Science Association annual conferences; American University; Aspen Institute; Atlantic Council; Brookings Institution; Carleton University, Ottowa, Canada; Carnegie Commission on U.S. Role in the World; Central Intelligence Agency; Cincinnati Council on World Affairs; Columbia University, Academy of Political Science; Columbia University Harriman Institute; Congressional Research Service; Congressional Roundtable on U.S.-Soviet Relations; Council on Foreign Relations; Foreign Service Institute; Fulbright Institute of International Relations, University of Arkansas; George Mason University; Georgetown University; Hampshire College, Amherst; Harvard University, Kennedy School; Harvard University, Russian Research Center; International Studies Association Conference, Acapulco, Mexico; Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies; Kennan Institute, Washington, D.C.; Middle East Institute; Mills College; National Defense University; National Security Agency; National War College; Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California;  Princeton University; Public Affairs Institute; Senate Foreign Relations Committee, European Sub-Committee; Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program; SSRC/MacArthur Conference, Buenos Aires; Swarthmore College; U.S. Congress, Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe; U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East; U.S. Department of State; USIA; University of Arizona; University of Pennsylvania; Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.; Yale University.

United Kingdom

Ditchley Foundation, Ditchley Park; H.M. Diplomatic Service, Wilton House, Sussex; Kings College/Russian Littoral Project Conference, Barnett Hill, Sussex; London School of Economics; Oxford Review Meeting on the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe; Shell International; St. Anthony's College, Oxford; St. John's College, Oxford; The Annual Conference of the British International Studies Association; The Annual Conference of the National Association of Soviet and East European Studies; The Civil Service College; The Royal Institute of International Affairs; The Royal Naval College, Greenwich; The Universities of Durham, Essex, Exeter, Glasgow, Lancaster, Reading, Southampton, Sussex.

Europe and Middle East

Annual Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Brussels, Belgium; Aspen Institute Congressional Meeting, Prague; Aspen Institute, Berlin; The Aspen Strategy Group and European Strategy Group; Cairo University Faculty of Economics and Political Science; Hebrew University; Institute for Oriental Studies, Moscow; Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome; Institut Atlantique, Paris; Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center; Moscow, Institute of the USA and Canada and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, University of California Conference on Cooperative Security in the Middle East; Moscow State University, Institute of Asia and Africa;  Polish Institute for International Affairs, Warsaw; Rockefeller Conference Center, Villa Serbaloni, Bellagio, Italy; MacArthur Foundation/Social Science Research Council Conference, Budapest; National Security Archives and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars Conference on the Prague Spring in the light of Historical Archive, Prague; Social Science Research Council, Committee on International Peace and Security Conference, Istanbul; USSR Academy of Sciences/Cairo University Conference, Cairo.