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Mary Elizabeth Malinkin

Program Associate

Professional affiliation

Kennan Institute

Full Biography


Mary Elizabeth Malinkin has been a Program Associate at the Kennan Institute since 2009. Her current research focuses on migration issues and interethnic relations in Eurasia. She is a member of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange working group on migration and was an Advanced Practitioner Fellow in 2013-2014. Ms. Malinkin received an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Michigan and wrote her thesis on minorities in the Moscow workforce. She began studying Russian as an undergraduate at Carleton College, after which she lived in Vladimir, Russia for two years, studying Russian language and literature at Vladimir State Pedagogical University. 


Russia and Ukraine; migration patterns in Eurasia; ethnic divisions of labor; inter-ethnic relations

Major Publications

A Long Road to Asylum: Syrian Refugees in Russia,” Kennan Cable, No. 12, November 10, 2015.     

Mother Russia's Chilly Embrace,” Carleton College’s The Voice, Summer 2015.

The Great Exodus: Ukraine's Refugees Flee to Russia,” coauthored with Liliya Nigmatullina, The NationalInterest, February 4, 2015.

“Ukraine: What You Need to Know in 5 Minutes,” Veterans’ Vision, Election Edition, Fall 2014.

Russia: The World’s Second-Largest Immigration Haven,The National Interest, August 10, 2014.

"Moscow and Kyiv: Changing Cities and Migrant Magnets," co-author with Renata Kosc-Harmatiy (Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Project report, 2008)

Transnational Migration to New Regional Centers: Policy Challenges, Practice, and the Migrant Experience (conference proceedings), co-edited with Lauren Herzer and Sarah Dixon Klump. Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute and Comparative Urban Studies Eurasian Migration Paper #2, 2008