Current SOYUZ Officers



Heidi Bludau, Monmouth University (

Heidi’s research focuses on the global market for healthcare workers. Her dissertation, “Searching for Respect: Czech Nurses in the Global Economy,” examined the motivating and mitigating factors that create a migration flow from the Czech Republic to other countries including the UK and Saudi Arabia. This work engenders a number of research interests including medical anthropology, globalization, postsocialism and gender. Her current research expands this work to consider the concept of the “global nurse” as a key player in meeting nursing shortages in developed countries.  Heidi’s primary region of interest, Central and Eastern Europe, leads to additional interests in the history and anthropology of Europe and the European Union.


Programming Coordinator:

Jennifer Carroll, University of Washington (

My research focuses on the subjectivities and epistemologies of drug addiction and addictions treatment. My early work focused on identity and subjectivity among drug users in Ukrainian harm reduction programs. Currently, through my dissertation research, I seek illuminate how and why opiate users in Ukraine decide to seek out substitution therapy and adhere to treatment protocols from day to day. I am currently a doctoral candidate in Socio-cultural Anthropology and an M.P.H. student in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. I also hold an M.A. in Sociology from Central European University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College.



Larisa Kurtovic, DePaul University (

Larisa Kurtovic received her doctorate in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley in December 2012. She specializes in political anthropology, postsocialist studies and contemporary Balkans.  In addition, her broader research interests encompass political activism, humor and satire, nationalism and nationalist conflict, anthropology of the state, democracy promotion and humanitarian intervention. Her doctoral dissertation, Politics of Impasse: Specters of Socialism and the Struggles for the Future in Postwar-Bosnia-Herzegovina looks at the intersections of democracy promotion, grassroots activism and legacies of Yugoslav socialism as a way of critically engaging what has come to be defined as the problem of civic apathy.  She is currently revising this work into a book manuscript, provisionally titled Future as a Predicament: Political Action and the Specters of Socialism in Postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina.



Fabio Mattioli, The City University of New York  (

Fabio Mattioli is a PhD Candidate at the City University of New York, currently researching the multiple credit and debt relations in the building industry in Skopje, Macedonia. Fabio has co-directed a special issue of the journal Laboratorium, and published in various peer-reviewed journals such as the International Journal of Heritage Studies, Ethnologia Europaea, and the Journal of Borderland Studies. At the CUNY Graduate Center he has been co-directing the Public Space Working Group, and the Eastern European and Eurasian Working Group. His research is oriented towards  questions of Economic Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Aesthetics, Post-Socialism, and Ethnicity. His secret dream is to learn how to prepare burek.


Listserver Editor:

Svetla Dimitrova, Michigan State University (

I’m a PhD candidate (ABD) in Sociology at Michigan State University. My
Dissertation, ?Enabling Postsocialist Development and Globalization through Peace Corps Agency?, focuses on the interaction between neoliberal and alternative approaches to development in the Peace Corps-Bulgaria development model. My research interests include theories of globalization(s), processes of globalization, sociology of development, theories of neoliberalism, processes of neoliberalization, postsocialist transformations (theories of transition), international migration, transnationalism, and historical and comparative sociology.


Student Representative: 

Jonathan Stillo, The City University of New York ( )

Jonathan Stillo is a doctoral candidate in medical anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He was a 2013 international fellow at the New Europe College in Bucharest, an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the former high school anthropology program manager at the American Museum of Natural History. He has received research grants from NSF, SSRC, Fulbright-Hays, IREX, and the Romanian Cultural Institute.  Jonathan has researched tuberculosis in Romania since 2006 and in that time has interviewed hundreds of patients, and dozens of medical personnel. He also lived in a Romanian TB sanatorium for six months. His research focuses on the connections between TB, and the health and social welfare structuring with a focus on the increasing role that medical institutions are playing in the provision of social welfare. Jonathan served on the World Health Organization team which conducted the 2013 review of Moldova’s national TB program and is one of the founders of Romania’s STOP TB Partnership.  His recent publications include: “Who Cares for the Caregivers? : Romanian Women’s Experiences with Tuberculosis Anthropology Now, 4(1): 10-17 2012; Saving Lives or Just Documenting Suffering? Cac.ophony, 2012; The Romanian Tuberculosis Epidemic as a symbol of Public Health in Romania Under Basescu: Aspirations, Achievements, and Frustrations during his First Presidential Term, Ronald F. King and Paul E. Sum, eds. Lantham, MD: Lexington Books.


Previous Officers of Soyuz Postsocialist Cultural Studies Group (2006-2013)

Convenor: Amy Ninetto, Erin Koch

Secretary: Elitza Ranova, Patty Gray, Kristen Ghodsee

Programming Coordinator: Joseph Crescente, Kristen Ghodsee, Susanne Cohen

Webmaster: J. Dickenson, Jessica Lockrem

Student Representative: Inna Leykin, Heidi Bludau, Natalja Czarnecki

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

H-Soyuz Book Review Editors: Johanna Bockman, Leyla Keough