Elina Tochilnikova

Ph.D. Candidate
E-mail Address: elina@bu.edu

Elina Tochilnikova is a post master’s doctoral candidate and a teaching fellow for Introduction to Sociology. Her research combines a historical comparative sociological perspective with psychopathology inquiry, with the goal of advancing knowledge about the societal roots of mental illness and insincere political activism. Recent work has focused on exploring the motivations of Occupy Wall Street participants, and the orchestration of the Kishinev Pogrom and the proliferation of “The Protocols of Elders of Zion” as acts of insincere political activism.

In her earlier career, Ms. Tochilnikova worked as a clinician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, experimented with film as a psychotherapy modality, filmed documentaries on the forgiveness process of Holocaust survivors, and studied portraiture.

Fellowships & Scholarships:

Visiting Scholar at the International School for Caucuses Studies

Rose & Jacob Ruderman Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Litwack Fellow

HPPAE Scholarship

Professional presentations and publications include:

Tochilnikova, E. (2012). Exploring the historical roots of anti-Americanism in the United States. Paper included in Kacharava, V. (Chair) United States and Georgia: Yesterday, today, tomorrow. Conference presented at the Institute of American Studies at Ivane Jayakhishvili Tbilisi State University and Georgian Association for American Studies, Tbilisi, Georgia.

McCarthy S., Tochilnikova, E., Medveda, A. (2009). Reflections from Russia: Personal responsibility, stability, and change. In Malley-Morrison, K. (Ed.), State violence and the right to peace: An international survey of the views of ordinary people. Praeger Security International.

McCarthy, S., Castanheira, H., Medveda, M., Tochilnikova, E., Malley-Morrison, K. Corgan, M., & Trosky, A. (2008). Perspectives on security in Russians, Russian Americans, and European Americans. Paper included in Corgan, M. & Malley-Morrison, K. (Chairs) International perspectives on invasion, reconciliation, peace, and security. Symposium presented at the International Psychology Conference, Berlin, Germany.

McCarthy S., Medvedeva A., Sousa L., Hutz C., Tochilnikova E. (2008). Moral disengagement and peace—Russian and Brazilian responses. Paper included in Malley-Morrison, K. & Corgan, M. (Chairs) Moral disengagement and social injustice: War and peace. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Tochilnikova, E. & Zaveri, T. (2008). Russian and American responses on torture of prisoners of war. Paper included in Castanheira, H. & Barbarosa, M. (Chairs) International perspectives on government violence and peace. Symposium presented at the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.