karen dawisha
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I am the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and the Director of the University’s Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.

I received my Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in 1975 and taught at a number of British and American universities before coming to Miami with my husband Adeed in 2000. Since coming to Miami, in addition to establishing the Havighurst Center, I have continued to do research and teaching in the areas of post-communist transitions and Russian politics.

In Oxford, I have enjoyed being a part of the rich local community of a college town, and I was particularly pleased that both of our children, Nadia and Emile, decided also to go to Miami. I’ve been part of a biking and triathalon group called the Golden Tris, and we’ve done the Miami triathalon as well as regional rides, like the beautiful Horsey Hundred in Lexington Kentucky.

One of the projects I’ve most enjoyed at the Havighurst Center was the Silk Road Project. I was the Principal Investigator for two grants from the Department of Education and Fulbright-Hays for the development of new courses that extend the reach of Middle East, East Asian and Eurasian studies at Miami University into Central Asia. As part of that curricular development, I organized a 7-week trip for 15 faculty from western China through Central Asia to Turkey. You can see the website for that trip, and other Silk Road related activities at http://www.orgs.muohio.edu/silkroad.



Karen Dawisha