The Russo-Ukrainian War: Where Things Stand. A Conversation with Professors Maria Popova and Oxana Shevel

June 28, 2022 | 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Europe, Russia & Eurasia, Conflict & security

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About Speakers:

Professor Shevel’s research and teaching focus on the post-Communist region surrounding Russia, and issues such as nation- and state-building, the politics of citizenship and migration, memory and religious politics, and challenges to democratization in the post-Soviet region. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees. The book won the American Association of Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) 2012 book prize. Professor Shevel’s current research projects examine the sources of citizenship policies in the post-Communist states; church-state relations in Ukraine; the origins of separatist conflict in Donbas; and memory politics in post-Soviet Ukraine. Her research has appeared in a variety of journals, including Comparative Politics, Current History, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, Geopolitics, Nationality Papers, Post-Soviet Affairs, Political Science Quarterly, Slavic Review and in edited volumes.

Maria Popova is Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at McGill University. Her work explores the intersection of politics and law in the post-Communist region, specifically the rule of law, judicial reform, political corruption, populist parties, and legal repression of dissent. Prof Popova’s book, Politicized Justice in Emerging Democracies (Cambridge UP, 2012), won the American Association for Ukrainian Studies prize for best book in the fields of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature and culture. Her recent projects include work on post-Maidan judicial reform, the politics of corruption prosecutions in Eastern Europe, and the effects of conspiracy theories on democratic backsliding. Some of her research is broadly interdisciplinary and has appeared in volumes edited by historians, sociologists, and legal scholars. Prof. Popova holds a BA in Government and Spanish from Dartmouth College, and an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University.

Lucan Way’s research focuses on democratization and authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union and the developing world. His most recent book (with Steven Levitsky), Social Revolution and Authoritarian Durability in the Modern World (forthcoming Princeton University Press) provides a comparative historical explanation of the extraordinary durability of autocracies born of violent social revolution. Professor Way’s solo authored book, Pluralism by Default: Weak Autocrats and the Rise of Competitive Politics (Johns Hopkins, 2015), examines the sources of political competition in the former Soviet Union. His book, Competitive Authoritarianism: Hybrid Regimes after the Cold War (with Steven Levitsky), was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press. Way’s work on competitive authoritarianism has been cited thousands of times and helped stimulate new and wide-ranging research into the dynamics of hybrid democratic-authoritarian rule.

Sponsored by Petro Jacyk Program for the Study Ukraine and the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies.

Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies, Europe, Russia & Eurasia, Conflict & security


Maria Popova

Associate Professor, Jean Monnet Chair, McGill

Oxana Shevel

Associate Professor, Political Science, Tufts University

Lucan Way

Professor of Political Science, co-Director of the Petro Jacyk Program for the Study of Ukraine, CERES