University of Wisconsin–Madison

Wisconsin Russia Project

The Wisconsin Russia Project is an exciting new initiative, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered by CREECA. The project builds on the already robust social science research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and brings together an array of UW-Madison academic departments, faculty, and scholars with social scientists from the Russian Federation. It is a cooperative effort to generate expanded scholarly knowledge of Russia’s economy, society, politics, culture, and institutions, train new generations of social scientists who focus on Russia, and foster close collaborations and networks between US- and Russia-based social scientists.

The project supports scholarly inquiry in five thematic areas:

1) Education, labor markets, and inequality

2) Law and society

3) Political economy

4) Identity, place, and migration

5) Demographic change

Related press releases:

https://www.carnegie.org/news/articles/russia-area-studies/

http://international.wisc.edu/carnegie-corporation-awards-1-million-creeca/

Steering Committee

Paul Dower (starting August 2017): Assistant Professor of Applied and Agricultural Economics (AAE)

Steven DurlaufWilliam F. Vilas Research Professor and Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics

Scott GehlbachProfessor of Political Science

Theodore GerberProfessor of Sociology and Director of CREECA

Kathryn HendleyWilliam Voss-Bascom Professor of Law and Political Science

Yoshiko M. HerreraProfessor of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology

Mark JohnsonSenior Lecturer in Educational Policy Studies

Robert KaiserProfessor of Geography

Jennifer TishlerAssociate Director of CREECA

Opportunities

Visiting Graduate Student Fellowships

 Applications are currently being accepted for two graduate student fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. Russia-based PhD-level (or an equivalent, such as kandidat) graduate students who are currently conducting their own dissertation research in a social sciences field are eligible to apply. Fellows will be expected to participate in the Young Scholars Conference to occur in summer 2018. Please see the full announcement here. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2017.

Summer Research Awards for Graduate Students

Summer research grants of up to $4000 will be awarded to current UW-Madison social science doctoral students for travel to Russia to conduct field research. These grants will be made for travel during the summers of 2017 and 2018. Please see the full announcement for summer 2017 here. Deadline to apply: March 3, 2017.

Graduate Research Assistantships

Graduate research assistantships will be provided for students entering doctoral programs in the social sciences at UW-Madison. Awardees will work on research projects related to Russia with current UW-Madison faculty and be exposed to a large network of scholars with similar research interests. Eligible UW-Madison departments may nominate up to two incoming graduate students.

Post-doctoral Research Fellowships

Applications are currently being accepted for three one-year post-doctoral research fellowships to conduct social science research at the UW-Madison during the 2017-2018 academic year. The fellows will work with UW social science faculty members and be exposed to extensive networks of scholars in their fields of research. At least two of the fellows will be from universities in the Russian Federation. Please see the full announcement here. Application deadline: February 15, 2017.

Short-term Visiting Researcher Awards

Three grants will be awarded to scholars from the Russian Federation for short-term research visits (up to 30 days) to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The award will support collaboration between the visiting scholars and UW faculty for joint research projects. Applications are received on a rolling basis and must be accompanied by a letter of support from a UW-Madison faculty member. Please email russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu for more information.

Faculty Research Awards

Four research grants of $5000 will be awarded to UW-Madison faculty traveling to Russia or Russian scholars traveling to UW-Madison. The awards are meant to develop collaboration between scholars, support joint research proposals, and finance research for co-authored articles in scholarly journals. Application information is forthcoming.

New Faculty Member at UW-Madison

With funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the continued financial support of the university, a new tenure-track faculty position will be established in the UW-Madison Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics  for an economist specializing in Russia. The new faculty member will join UW-Madison in summer 2017.

Faculty Research Awards

Four research grants of $5000 will be awarded to UW-Madison faculty traveling to Russia or Russian scholars traveling to UW-Madison. The awards are meant to develop collaboration between scholars, support joint research proposals, and finance research for co-authored articles in scholarly journals. Application information is forthcoming.

As a capstone to the various project initiatives, UW-Madison will host a conference on contemporary Russia in summer 2018. The conference will bring together scholars in Russian social sciences, including graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and UW-Madison faculty who both organized and received support from the project. The conference will reinforce the notion of cross-national collaboration supported by the Wisconsin Russia Project and encourage the ongoing cultivation of a broader network of like-minded scholars. Dates and times will be announced in the near future.

Email us at russiaproject@creeca.wisc.edu for more information!