Visiting Scholars


Dr. Solvita Denisa-Liepniece is Assistant Professor at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences in Valmiera, Latvia. In Fall 2020, she was a Juris Padegs Visiting Fellow at the MacMillan Center, Yale University. Dr. Denisa-Liepniece has served as the country expert for several international organisations focused on media consumption and information resilience in the Baltic States. She holds Ph.D in communication sciences from the University of Antwerp (2013). Her thesis was on political communication in post-Soviet Belarus. Dr. Denisa-Liepniece is currently working on a book manuscript about Ha-ha-ganda (the use of humour in information activities).


Anastasia Kalk is a political theorist, Ph.D. Student and Teaching Fellow at the New School for Social Research, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Saint John’s University. Her research focuses on the history of political thought, critical, feminist theory and studies of social movements. Her dissertation “Political Theory of Communes” explores the global history of the socialist idea of communes in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Comparing political theories of communes developed in post-revolutionary France, Soviet Union, India, and the US, the project formulates democratic and anticolonial socialist critique of modern liberal ideals: family, liberal democracy, and the distinction between human and natural spheres. Anastasia has published articles and comments on the histories of Russian and global feminist mobilizations in lenta, republic, BBC among other places. She is an editor of the Russian translation of Feminism for the 99 Percent: Manifesto (Manifest Feminisma Dlya 99 Procentov) and an author of Feministkii Samizdat 40 let Spustya (Feminist Samizdat. 40 Years After), a collection of scholarly commentaries and new edition of the Soviet dissident journal “Woman and Russia.”


Karolina Koziura is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Historical Studies at the New School for Social Research, NYC. Her research explores problems of nationalism, knowledge production, and memory politics in Central and Eastern Europe. She earned her Masters degree in Social Anthropology from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland and in Nationalism Studies from Central European University, Budapest. Her work has appeared in European Journal of Sociology, East European Politics and Societies, Culture, and, among others. Her doctoral dissertation is a historical ethnography that, by positioning the Soviet Union in a comparative perspective, seeks to understand the Great Ukrainian Famine of 1932-1933 as a global event shaped by Cold War era politics of knowledge production. It problematizes the overlapping sites where narratives of Holodomor have been produced during and after the Famine by examining ways in which features of the catastrophe were brought to light or concealed locally, nationally, and globally. She has been awarded numerous fellowships, most recently the 2020 American Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies Association Dissertation Research Grant and the Jozef Tischner Fellowship at the Institute for Human Science in Vienna, Austria.


Dr. Alexis Lerner is a Presidential Data Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Western University, where she conducts research on comparative authoritarianism, repression, and protest in the post-Soviet region. She is currently finalizing her first book, titled Post-Soviet Graffiti: Free Speech in the Streets, which examines graffiti as an alternative avenue for political expression in censored states. Her work has also appeared in Comparative Political Studies, The Arctic Review of Law and Politics, and The Journal of Jewish Thought. You can learn more at


Dr. Martin A. Miller is professor in the History Department and in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at Duke University. He has taught and lectured at the New School for Social Research, Koc University in Istanbul, Science Po in Paris and Stanford University. He has received awards for research in Russia and West Europe from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, IREX and the Kennan Institute among others. His major publications include Kropotkin (U Chicago Press), The Russian Revolutionary Emigres, 1825-1870 (Johns Hopkins U Press), Freud and the Bolsheviks: Psychoanalysis in Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union (Yale U Press) and The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence (Cambridge U Press). He is currently working on a book about the prominent documentary photographers from the West who received visas to work in the USSR during and after the Stalin era.


Dr. Oksana Nesterenko is a music historian with research focus on the late Soviet Union, religion, spirituality and secularity. She received a PhD in Music History and Theory at Stony Brook University in 2021. Her dissertation research was supported by the ASEEES, the American Musicological Society (AMS), and Paul Sacher Foundation. Her current book project, A Forbidden Fruit? Religion, Spirituality and Music in the USSR before its Fall, investigates the impact of state censorship on religious themes in concert music, composed in 1964-1991 in five Soviet cities: Moscow, Leningrad, Kyiv, Tallinn and Yerevan. Oksana has presented her work at numerous national and international conferences and published in the Perspectives of New Music, the Yale Journal of Music and Religion and All the Russias’ Blog. She serves on advisory board of the annual Ukrainian Contemporary Music Festival in New York.


Dr. Viktoria Paranyuk is a Lecturer in the department of Film and Screen Studies at Pace University in New York City. Her research centers on Russo-Soviet visual culture and cinema, global art film, theories of realism and modernism, and contributions of women to cinema. She is currently completing her first book about Soviet film culture and the notion of sincerity during the Thaw. Her writing has appeared in Film HistorySlavic Review, and Senses of Cinema. Viktoria has co-curated film programs at the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University.


Dr. Jillian Porter holds a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores intersections between Russian economic history and cultural production from the late 18th century to the present. Porter’s first book, Economies of Feeling: Russian Literature under Nicholas I (Northwestern UP, 2017), offers new explanations for the fantastical plots of mad or blocked ambition that helped set the 19th-century Russian prose tradition in motion. It has been reprinted in Russian translation as Ekonomika chuvstv: Russkaia literatura epokhi Nikolaia I (Academic Studies Press, 2021). Porter is currently at work on a second book, entitled The Art of the Queue: From the Revolution to Putin. This book explores standing in line as a paradigmatic experience of Soviet everyday life and an enduring cultural trope in contemporary Russia. Porter has been awarded a Fall 2021 membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies’ School of Historical Studies and a Spring 2022 faculty fellowship from CU Boulder’s Center for Humanities and the Arts in support of this project. Together with Dr. Maya Vinokour at NYU, Porter is also co-editing a collection of essays entitled Red Hot: Russian Energy Culture. The volume explores energy (energiia) as a shaping force in Russian culture from the late 19th century to the present.


Masha Shynkarenko is a PhD Candidate in Politics Department at The New School. Her dissertation explores the instrumentalization of collective identities as tactics of resistance in the Crimean Tatars’ movement for self-determination. Her broader academic interests include nonviolent civil resistance, authoritarianism, and memory politics. Masha is currently a Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta and a Research Assistant at The New School. She has published essays on Ukrainian politics and presented numerous articles on the Crimean Tatars’ resistance at national and international conferences.