KU News Release

March 9, 2012
Contact: Mary Jane Dunlap, KU News Service, 785-864-8853

Media advisory: KU experts available to comment on Russia's election

Edith Clowes

Mariya Omelicheva

Three University of Kansas faculty members are available for commentary on Russia’s presidential election. They will conduct a roundtable discussion on “Russia Presidential Election” at noon Tuesday, March 13, in Bailey Hall, Room 318.

Mariya Omelicheva, assistant professor of political science and associate director of KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
Office phone: 785-864-9002
Email: omeliche@ku.edu

Omelicheva's research and teaching interests include international and Eurasian security, counterterrorism and human rights, and Russia's foreign and security policy. Her recent book, titled "Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia" (Routeledge, 2011) examines the dangerous tendency of counterterrorism policies of the Central Asian states to grow more alike amid propensities for divergence.

Currently, Omelicheva is working on a project in which she applies framing perspective to democracy promotion efforts in Central Asia.

Alexander Tsiovkh, assistant professor of Ukrainian history and culture.
Phone: (785) 864-1123
Email: alexukr@ku.edu

Tsiovkh’s research and teaching interests include Ukrainian history, minority relations and political culture.

Edith Clowes, director of KU’s Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies and professor of Slavic languages and literatures.
Phone: 785-864-2359
Email: eclowes@ku.edu

Clowes’s most recent book is “Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity” (2011 Cornell University Press). Her research interests include intersections between literature and philosophy, intellectual history, comparative literature (especially German and Russian) and literary and cultural theory.

KU’s Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES) is one of 17 Title VI Comprehensive National Resource Centers for the Russian and East Central European area supported by the U.S. Department of Education. CREES has been a National Resource Center since 1965, offering degree-granting programs and serving as a resource for K-12 teachers, post-secondary educators, business, media, government and military.

The University of Kansas is a major comprehensive research and teaching university. University Relations is the central public relations office for KU's Lawrence campus.

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