Current SOYUZ Officers



Tatiana Chudakova, Tufts University ( Tatiana.Chudakova [at] )

Tatiana Chudakova is a cultural and medical anthropologist with interests in the anthropology of medicine and the body, science and technology studies, environmental anthropology, critical studies of ethnicity, nationalism, and the state, and post-socialist transformations. Her research has focused on the cultural politics of the formalization and scientization of Tibetan medicine in Russia. Her next project will look at the global circulations of cognitive enhancement drugs between Russia and the US, focusing on emergent concerns with quality control, safety and notions of efficacy. She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Tufts University, US.


Programming Coordinator:

Emily Channell-Justice, Miami University ( channee [at] )

Emily Channell-Justice is a Havighurst Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of International Studies at Miami University, Ohio. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Without the State: Self-Organization and Political Activism in Ukraine, featuring research with leftist activist groups before, during, and after the Euromaidan protests of 2013–2014. The book explores how the leftist idea of “self-organization” became one of the principal characteristics of the protests for activists of all political affiliations, changing people’s attitudes toward political participation and their relationship with the state. Her new research explores economic development in western Ukraine, focusing on international investment and the growth of specific sectors like information technology and tourism, which both seek to engage with the west. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She also serves as the book reviews editor for Anthropology of East Europe Review.



Elizabeth Peacock, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse ( epeacock [at] )

Elizabeth Peacock is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Ph.D. 2011, M.A. 2003, University of California, San Diego. B.A. 2000, University of Kansas), specializing in cultural and linguistic anthropology. Her research focuses on issues of ethnic identity and community/belonging, specifically as it relates to language among the first generation of independent Ukraine. Currently, she is examining narratives of familial immigration among Ukrainian-Americans in Chicago, in order to better understand the competing notions of national identity among the diaspora community and the recent immigrants from Ukraine. Among other courses at UW-L, Elizabeth teaches Peoples and Cultures of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and the Anthropology of Youth and Adolescence.



Kathryn Graber, Indiana University ( graberk [at] )

Kathryn Graber is a linguistic and sociocultural anthropologist specializing in media, multilingualism, minority languages, and semiotics in Russia and Mongolia. Her first book, forthcoming with Cornell University Press, is an ethnography examining the creation of a “minority language public” and its role in ethnonational politics in the Russian Federation’s Buryat territories. A new long-term project focuses on intellectual property and postsocialist transformations of value in the Mongolian cashmere industry. Graber’s work can be found in American Anthropologist, Slavic ReviewProblems of Post-Communism, Language and Communication, the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, and other publications. She is currently Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and was previously a postdoctoral fellow at the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She holds a Ph.D. (2012) and M.A. degrees (2006, 2008) from the University of Michigan and an A.B. (2002) from the University of Chicago.


H-Soyuz List Editor:

Polina Vlasenko, Indiana University ( pvlasenk [at] )

Polina Vlasenko is a doctoral student in Anthropology at Indiana University.


Book Review Editor:

Maryna Bazylevych, Luther College ( bazyma01 [at] )

Maryna Bazylevych is an associate professor of Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies at Luther College, IA. Her research focuses on the issues of professional identity of healthcare providers, bioethics, class, and gendered aspects of professionalization. Some of her published works include research on the Hippocratic Oath (2015, “Ukrainian Physicians Reinterpret the Hippocratic Oath: Significance of Remuneration and Class in Bioethics,” Human Organization 74(3):197-206) and vaccination anxieties (2011, “Vaccination Campaigns in Post-Socialist Ukraine. When Body Politic and Citizens’ Bodies Intersect,” Medical Anthropology Quarterly 25(4):436-456). Maryna Bazylevych is interested in pedagogy and committed to excellence in Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies classrooms. She has been serving as a book reviews editor for the Anthropology of East Europe Review. She holds a Ph.D. (2010) and M.A. (2004) in Anthropology from State University of New York at Albany.


Anthropology News Column Editor: 

Deborah Jones, University of Michigan ( jones [at] )Deborah_JonesPhoto

Deborah Jones works at the intersection of linguistic, economic, and environmental anthropology. She is presently developing a book project based on her dissertation, which explores how elements of agrarian life in Ukraine—soil, potato beetles, sunflowers, and the struggle for land rights—became entangled in revolutionary discourse, and in some cases, physical violence. A second project, on “ghostwriters,” probes ethics, authorship and anonymity in the digital economy. Deborah completed her PhD at University of Michigan and is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology. As contributing editor for Anthropology News, she works with scholars to bring fresh ethnographic takes on postsocialist life to a broad audience. She welcomes submissions from authors at all stages in their academic careers.


Student Representative: 

Tetiana Bulakh, Indiana University ( tbulakh [at] )

Tetiana Bulakh is a PhD student in Socio-cultural Anthropology with a minor in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She earned her MA in Anthropology from Indiana University as a Fulbright Scholar in 2014. The focus of her Masters degree research was on Western consumer culture in Eastern Europe during the post-Soviet era, including identity and value transformations caused by consumerism, as well as recent trends in contemporary Ukraine’s material culture. For her doctoral dissertation, Tania is studying the situation of Ukraine’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), especially aspects of citizenship negotiations, social welfare, and gender identities. She is also one of the directors of the In Light Film Festival that highlights human rights documentaries. Prior to this Tania graduated from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Kyiv, Ukraine), where she obtained BA and MA degrees in Theory of Literature and Comparative Studies. She also worked as a senior project manager for an international PR agency and as a journalist for several Ukrainian publications.


Previous Officers of Soyuz Postsocialist Cultural Studies Group (2006-2017)

Convenor: Amy Ninetto, Erin Koch, Heidi Bludau, Larisa Kurtovic

Secretary: Elitza Ranova, Patty Gray, Kristen Ghodsee, Larisa Kurtovic

Programming Coordinator: Joseph Crescente, Kristen Ghodsee, Susanne Cohen, Jennifer Carroll, Maryna Bazylevych

Webmaster: J. Dickinson, Jessica Lockrem, Fabio Mattioli

Student Representative: Inna Leykin, Heidi Bludau, Natalja Czarnecki, Jonathan Stillo

H-Soyuz List Editor: Elitza Ranova, Amy Garey, Cristina Bradatan, Svetla Dimitrova

H-Soyuz Book Review Editor: Johanna Bockman, Leyla Keough, Jennifer Carroll