2014-2015

Lesia Kovalenko (September 2014-May 2015)

Lesia KovalenkoLesia Kovalenko is Associate Professor of the World History and International Relations at Zaporizhzhya National University (Ukraine). In 2012 she defended her PhD thesis at Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University on the subject of U.S. and UK policy toward German unification. She will use her research stay, funded by the Fulbright Faculty Development Program, to develop courses on the history of the US foreign relations, the demographic and social structure of the US, and history of art in the US. Under the supervision of William Keylor, she plans to to work with declassified documents to study the formation of the”German vector” in European foreign policy of the US from the mid 1940s until 1990; to determine the perception of public opinion and academic circles in the US concerning German unification, and finally, to analyze perceptions of German unification in mass media and American cartoons.

Ludmilla Leibman (August 2014-July 2015)

LudmillaDr. Ludmilla Leibman’s research activities are dedicated to promoting understanding of Europe through its cultural history and are intertwined with her activities as the Director of the Educational Bridge Project, providing educational and artistic exchanges between Americans and Russians. Her academic research in the music of the Holocaust is centered in three areas: music of the Judischer Kulturbund, an organization of Jewish musicians and actors which existed in Nazi Germany (1933-1941), music of the ghettos and concentration camps (1939-1945),  and music created after the war as commemoration of the tragedy (Arnold Schenberg “A Survivor from Warsaw” 1947, Dmitri Shostakovich “Babi Yar” 1962, and Steve Reich “Different Trains” 1988). Dr. Leibman will be working with Professors Minou Arjomand, Yuri Corrigan, and Olga Livshin on a BUCH- and JCE-funded project entitled “Revolutionary Voices” and other “Russian Voices” events.

Maria Luísa Ribeiro Lourenço (October 2014-November 2014)

yhIZHwwc_400x400Luísa Lourenço is a third-year PhD researcher at the European University Institute in Florence. Her research is focused on the way the European Court of Justice uses general principles as legal sources in interaction with other instruments. She is looking at general principles in a sectorial way, analysing them with a legal theory perspective at first, and then following the case law so as to map the modes of operation in interaction with other sources, mainly directives. Currently, she is working on a chapter that analyses whether the type of interaction achieved by the use of civil law principles and their consequent “europeanisation” has equally important consequences. She will use her two-month stay at Boston University to shape her final arguments.

Katia Vladimirova (August 2014–July 2015)

VLADIMIROVAKatia Vladimirova is an Erasmus Mundus PhD student with a BA in International Management from the Academy for Foreign Trade in Russia and an MA in Global Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. She is at Boston University under an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship completing the empirical part of her dissertation on “ENGOs and Environmental Ethics.” Her research interests lie between the domains of climate ethics and civil society. In her thesis, she considers how pro-environmental values, norms, and behavior are promoted by the ENGOs, and in particular, WWF, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.

Anna Winestein (September 2014–August 2015)

064bb61Anna Winestein is completing a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford. She is a historian of Russian art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur, active in cultural development and diplomacy between the US and Russia, as well as other former Soviet states, since 2006. She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Previously, she has served as creative director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York, directed a festival of Russian culture in Boston, and curated exhibitions, including Danser Vers La Gloire: L’Age d’Or des Ballets Russes, for Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier in Paris. She is coeditor and coauthor of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design, translator of Alexander Tcherepnin: Saga of an Emigre Composer, and author of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed and lay journals. In 2011, she was a cultural envoy to Kazakhstan for the US State Department.

Zhicheng Wu (August 2014–September 2014)

unnamedDr. Zhicheng Wu is the Dean of Zhou Enlai School of Government of Nankai University, P.R. China and Professor of International Relations and European Studies. He is the supervisor of several current and former Visiting Researchers at Boston University, including Mr. Xu Zhu. Professor Wu is using his research period at Boston University to discuss our further cooperation in addition to pursuing his own research.

Zhu Xu (November 2013–October 2014)

Xu ZhuZhu Xu is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University. His research contrasts rules-based and relations-based governance. At Boston University, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he will undertake a comparative research project titled “Theory and Practice for East Asia Participating in Global Governance,” using the EU as a comparative example. His stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

Ran Yang (September 2014–August 2014)

Ran Yang is a Doctor of Law Candidate at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing, China. Her research aims to contrast EU and China government procurement legal systems in the context of market economy. She plans to include a literature review of theory and practice, a summary of European “useful experiences,” including systems for framework agreement, purchasing, contractor evaluation, and small business protection, and finally, an analysis of the deep reasons behind the different effects of market economy on China and EU, and a construction of new theoretical approach based on a comparative framework for the evaluation of legal interaction between the two biggest market economies. Her research stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

2013–2014

Stefaan De Rynck (September 2013–December 2014)

DERYNCKStefaan De Rynck holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He is a European Commission official, having worked as advisor and spokesperson to various members of the commission for the last 12 years. He teaches courses on the European Union at the Collegio Alberto (University of Turin) and the Bruges College of Europe. In 2006–2007, on leave from the European Commission, he spent the academic year as part of the Yale University World Fellows Program. His research at Boston University focuses on topics related to the EU’s single market and financial regulation, more specifically the creation of a banking union in the context of the Euro crisis, and issues related to free movement of capital. He writes a blog on issues related to policy and EU politics. [Visit his blog]

Axel Marion (January 2014–June 2014)

Marion AxelAxel Marion holds a PhD in International Relations, with a specialization in international history and politics, from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. He has also served as a member of Parliament in the Canton of Vaud, one of the largest components of the Swiss Federation. During his research stay in Boston, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he plans to further his research on European integration and European identity begun during his doctoral thesis on Turkey’s accession to the European Union. His current project is titled “New Borders, New Citizenship: Exploring the Impact of Europe’s Evolving Territories on the European Identity.”

Roya Sangi (August 2013–January 2014)

SANGIRoya Sangi, a PhD student at the University of Hamburg, is an expert in European Union law, international public law, and social law. She will utilize her research stay to finalize her PhD thesis: “The European Parliament in the Foreign Policy of the European Union.” Her study includes a normative and comparative analysis of the influence of the US Congress on US foreign policy, hence the need for a research stay in the US. The aim of her research is to improve upon instruments to promote the role of parliaments in foreign policy. Her research stay is funded by a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Katia Vladimirova (August 2013–July 2014)

VLADIMIROVAKatia Vladimirova is an Erasmus Mundus PhD student with a BA in International Management from the Academy for Foreign Trade in Russia and an MA in Global Studies from the University of Wroclaw in Poland. She is at Boston University under an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship completing the empirical part of her dissertation on “ENGOs and Environmental Ethics.” Her research interests lie between the domains of climate ethics and civil society. In her thesis, she considers how pro-environmental values, norms, and behavior are promoted by the ENGOs, and in particular, WWF, Greenpeace, and Friends of the Earth.

Anna Winestein (September 2013–August 2014)

064bb61Anna Winestein is completing a doctoral dissertation in modern history at the University of Oxford. She is a historian of Russian art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur, active in cultural development and diplomacy between the US and Russia, as well as other former Soviet states, since 2006. She is currently executive director of the Ballets Russes Cultural Partnership. Previously, she has served as creative director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation in New York, directed a festival of Russian culture in Boston, and curated exhibitions, including Danser Vers La Gloire: L’Age d’Or des Ballets Russes, for Sotheby’s Galerie Charpentier in Paris. She is coeditor and coauthor of The Ballets Russes and the Art of Design, translator of Alexander Tcherepnin: Saga of an Emigre Composer, and author of scholarly articles published in peer-reviewed and lay journals. In 2011, she was a cultural envoy to Kazakhstan for the US State Department.

Zhu Xu (November 2013–October 2014)

ZHU XUZhu Xu is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Zhou Enlai School of Government at Nankai University. His research contrasts rules-based and relations-based governance. At Boston University, under the supervision of Vivien Schmidt, he will undertake a comparative research project titled “Theory and Practice for East Asia Participating in Global Governance,” using the EU as a comparative example. His stay is funded by a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council.

2012–2013

Pola Cebulak (August 2012–December 2012)

CEBULAKPola Cebulak‘s research stay is funded by an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellowship. She is using the stay to finalize her PhD thesis on “The Role of the Judicial Activism of the EU Court of Justice in Shaping the Relationships between European and International Legal Orders,” under the supervision of Prof. Daniela Caruso. During her research stay, she is familiarizing herself with the doctrinal approaches developed in American literature toward the evolution of the role of the judge in a democratic system and toward the concept of judicial activism. In her thesis, she hopes to apply theoretical approaches toward judicial activism developed in the US to the different legal reality within the EU.

Demet Duran (January 2013–September 2013)

DURANDemet Duran holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and an MA in European Studies from New York University. She is interested in the development of the High Representative position in the Lisbon Treaty, which she looks at in the context of normative power frameworks including how the European Union is perceived from the outside, and more importantly, how this perception impacts the European Union’s development. Her research draws on Vivien Schmidt’s work on “discursive institutionalism” approaches to questions such as the role of ideas in constituting political action, the power of persuasion in political debate, the role of centrality of deliberation for democratic legitimation, the construction and reconstruction of political interests and values, and the dynamics of change in history and culture.