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Dec. 6, 2004

ADVISORY
Experts available for coverage of Ukraine, Russia

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The Ukraine Supreme Court has invalidated its disputed presidential election as Russia and the United States both monitor the ongoing conflict. The University of Michigan, home to the Center for Russian and East European Studies, has several experts and resources available, including:

Michael Kennedy, a former U-M vice provost for international affairs and director of the International Institute, specializes in comparative and historical sociology of Soviet-type and post-communist societies. His expertise includes identity and ideology, especially nations and nationalism; social movements; critical social theory and comparative cultural studies.

He can be reached at (734) 763-9200 or midake@umich.edu

For more on Kennedy visit:
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/soc/directories/show-person.asp?PeopleID=22

• Ronald Grigor Suny, a U-M visiting professor of history and political science, is an expert on the non-Russian nationalities of the Russian empire and former Soviet Union. He wrote "The Soviet Experiment: Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States" as well as other books examining the nationalism and revolutions that led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

He can be reached at (734) 996-1949 or rgsuny@umich.edu

For more information on Suny and his work, visit:
http://www.lsa.umich.edu/history/facstaff/facultydetail.asp?ID=207

• William Zimmerman, a senior research scientist with U-M's Center for Political Studies, has studied how behavior and conflict impact world politics and has analyzed attitudes toward markets, democracy and foreign policy in Russia. Other current or recent research areas include assessments of the mass-elite gap in Ukraine and Russia and its implications for the prospects for democracy and the changing predictive power of regionalism in understanding elite and mass orientations to the political economy in Russia and Ukraine.

He can be reached at (734) 763-1348 or wzim@umich.edu

For more on Zimmerman visit:
http://ipumich.temppublish.com/public/experts/ExpDisplay.php?ExpID=858

U-M's Center for Russian and East European Studies is one of the nation's leading institutes for interdisciplinary research and training in Russian and East European studies. CREES is one of 20 U.S. Department of Education-supported National Resource Centers for Eastern Europe, Russia, and Central Asia with a faculty of more than 60 specialists in a wide range of disciplines. For more information on the center and its experts, visit: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/crees/

The U-M International Institute comprises one of the nation's broadest assemblies of interdisciplinary centers and programs organized around area studies. It supports a range of innovative collaborations and sponsored projects in international studies that cross traditional intellectual boundaries. For more details on its programs and experts, visit: http://www.umich.edu/~iinet/index.html

The U-M Documents Center offers access to many documents and resources related to Ukraine and other subjects. Please visit:
http://www.lib.umich.edu/govdocs/foreur.html#ukraine

 

Contact: Joe Serwach
Phone: (734) 647-1844
E-mail: jserwach@umich.edu

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Contact:  Jared Wadley
Phone: (734) 936-7819
E-mail: jwadley@umich.edu