Society and Culture Experts

Chair and Professor of Modern Japanese Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
Poet, journalist, and writer; author of Assassins of the Turquoise Palace
Writer and journalist, Roya Hakakian works in film and print. Her reportage has been featured on network television, including cbs 60 minutes. Her opinions and essays appear in time, the New York Times, and the NPR’s weekend edition among others. She also serves on the editorial board of World Affairs. Her poetry in Persian has been translated and appear in anthologies, including the Pen ant...
Associate Professor of History & International Affairs, George Washington University
Professor Harrison studied at Harvard and Columbia and has taught at George Washington University since 1999 where she served as Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from 2005-2009. She has published books and articles on the Cold War, the Berlin Wall, Germany and Russia, been an invited speaker in many countries and appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, the BBC, the History Cha...
Professor, University of Maryland School of Law
Senior Researcher, Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education
Marianna Merritt and Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professor Emerita, Washington State University
Birgitta Ingemanson is a literary scholar and historian first trained at the Universities of Stockholm and Leningrad, then, for graduate work, at Princeton University. She has taught Russian studies (literature, culture, cinema) for several decades and is now, as a Professor Emerita at Washington State University in Pullman (WA), a “detective” of the letters of Eleanor Lord Pray from a...
Independent scholar
Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Wojciech Konończuk is a senior scholar at the Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW) in Warsaw, Poland, where he is head of the Department for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. His professional interests include political and economic situation in Eastern Europe, energy policy and Russian energy sector. Prior to joining OSW in 2007, Kononczuk was an analyst and co-ordinator of Belarusian and Ukrainian proje...
Director, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, New York, NY
Independent Journalist, Former Deputy Director, International Reporting Project at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Ms. Lief is a journalist and media educator. From 1998 to 2012 she was the deputy director of the International Reporting Project (IRP) at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She designed and directed programs and launched initiatives to engage reporters and editors in a wide range of issues, and to explore how technological change impacts international newsgathe...

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