Every autumn, HSE University welcomes new postdocs, and this year is no exception. In its December issue, university bulletin the HSE Look introduces some of the new postdocs who have already started their fellowships.
Dr Eriks Varpahovskis (HSE School of International Regional Studies) received his PhD in Political Science at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (South Korea) in 2019. The title of his dissertation was 'Construction and influence of South Korea's country image on relationship maintenance behaviour of the Korean Government Scholarship Programme alumni.’ Prior to acquiring his PhD, he also studied in Sweden, Russia, and Latvia. One of his recent articles was about South Korea-Japan-China relations within UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Framework, and was published in The Seoul National University Journal of International Affairs. His most memorable presentation was about the Korean Government Scholarship Programme at The International Communication Association Post-conference in Washington, DC.
Dr Anmol Mukhia (HSE International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism) received his PhD in International Relations at Jilin University (China) in 2019. The title of his dissertation was 'Climate Diplomacy’ and Two-Level Approach in India’s Climate Negotiations.' Prior to attaining his PhD, he also studied in India. One of his recent articles was about China’s two-level game in climate change negotiations, which was published in Chinese Foreign Relations and Security Dimensions. His most memorable presentation was about ’the dragon’s claims over the elephant’s territory’ at The Continuities and Discontinuities of Asian Engagement Conference in New Delhi.
Dr Irina Bakalova (HSE International Laboratory for Macroeconomic Analysis) received her PhD in Economics at KU Leuven (Belgium) in 2019. The title of her dissertation was 'Effective and stable international climate accords.’ Irina graduated from the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences before doing her PhD. One of her recent articles was about stability and the effectiveness of international environmental agreements published in The European Journal of Operational Research. Her most memorable presentation was about international climate cooperation at Sustainability Day in Leuven.
Dr Xenia Cherkaev (HSE Centre for Historical Research at HSE Campus in St. Petersburg) received her PhD in Anthropology at Columbia University (USA) in 2015. The title of her dissertation was 'Language, Historiography and Economy in late-and post-Soviet Leningrad.’ Prior to HSE, Xenia did a postdoc fellowship at the Harvard Institute for International and Area Studies. One of her recent articles was about affectionate interspecies relationships upon which the Soviet WWII-era mine-detection dog programme relied and was published in The Journal of Environmental Humanities. Her most memorable presentation was talking about the ‘invisibly Soviet hedgehog’ at Harvard, MIT and Princeton.
Dr Vladimir Djurdjevic (HSE Centre for Cognition and Decision Making) received his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at International School for Advanced Studies (Italy) in 2017. The title of his dissertation was 'Accuracy of rats in discriminating visual objects as explained by the complexity of their perceptual strategy.’ Prior to completing his PhD, he also studied in Serbia. One of his recent articles was about object recognition in rats and was published in Current Biology. His most memorable presentation was about object recognition in rats at the Computational and Systems Neuroscience Conference in Salt Lake City.
Dr Olga Parshina (HSE Centre for Language and Brain) received her PhD in Psychology at the City University of New York (USA) in 2020. The title of her dissertation was 'Bilingual Reading Fluency and Prediction: Heritage Language versus Second Language.’ Olga is originally from Nizhny Novgorod. One of her recent articles considered eye-movement benchmarks in heritage language reading and it was published in Bilingualism, Language and Cognition. Her most memorable presentation was about teaching students to read empirical articles at the Annual Conference on Teaching in Denver.
Dr Andrey Gornostaev (HSE Centre for Modern Russian History) received his PhD in Russian and Eastern European History at Georgetown University (USA) in 2020. The title of his dissertation was ‘Peasants ‘on the Run’: State Control, Fugitives, Social and Geographic Mobility in Imperial Russia, 1649-1796.’ Before his graduate studies in the USA, he studied in Moscow. One of his recent articles was about trade in runaway peasants in 18th century Russia published in The Journal of Social History. His most memorable presentation was about peasant strategies of deception in 18th century Russia at Princeton University.
Dr Dmitry Halavach (HSE International Centre for the History and Sociology of World War II and its Consequences) received his PhD in History at Princeton University (USA) in 2019. The title of his dissertation was 'Reshaping Nations: Population Politics and Sovietization in the Polish-Soviet Borderlands 1944-1948.’ Prior to his PhD, he also studied in Belarus, Hungary, and the UK, and did a postdoc fellowship at the University of Toronto. One of his recent articles was about the Polish-Soviet population exchange which was published in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review. His most memorable presentation was at The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies Convention in Boston.
The HSE Look asked the new faculty members two questions: about their expectations in terms of working with their hosts, as well as a potential topic for their public lectures to be held at HSE Day 2021—should they decide to participate.
They believe that ‘a true postdoc host’ is the one who provides expertise (‘someone who is eager to share their own experience and professional secrets, and truly loves engaging in research’), cooperation (‘one who involves younger colleagues in projects and is generous with their time and ideas’), support (‘someone who provides an opportunity to develop new skills, create your own projects, but still gently guides you through early research career stages’, ‘one who provides understanding and sympathy, but most importantly, honesty and patience’), and inspiration (‘a host who inspires and is ready to be inspired by their postdoc’).
As for the next HSE Day festival, there is a wide choice of potential topics, including: education diplomacy of East Asian countries; discipline, dedication, and determination as youth's spinal cord; global environmental cooperation; socialist and personal property; the ‘magic’ of brain plasticity; bilingualism, reading and eye-tracking; history and humanities for developing critical thinking; Soviet nationality policy.
Among the resolutions for the New Year, this would certainly include finishing academic articles and book manuscripts, starting data collection activities, with some postdocs still ‘planning to finally be able to come to Russia.’