Current SOYUZ Officers



Larisa Kurtovic, University of Ottawa ( lkurtovi [at] )

Larisa Kurtovic is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at uOttawa. She specializes in political anthropology, postsocialist studies and contemporary Balkans. Currently, she is working on a book manuscript entitled Future as Predicament: Bosnia-Herzegovina and Political Action after Catastrophe. The book grapples with the uneven legacies of Yugoslav socialism and the pitfalls of postwar democratization by critically engaging both the figure of the activist and that which democracy promoters have constituted as the “problem of political apathy.” In addition to her main project, she writes on cultural politics, visual media, nationalist politics, political patronage and the history of ethnology in the Balkans.


Programming Coordinator:

Maryna Bazylevych, Luther College ( bazyma01 [at] )

I am an assistant professor of Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies at Luther College, IA. My research focuses on the issues of professional identity of healthcare providers, remuneration, class, and gendered aspects of professionalization. I have recently embarked on a new research agenda, seeking to understand risk categories that guide gendered health seeking behaviors in millennial Ukraine. Some of my 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). I am interested in pedagogy and am committed to excellence in Anthropology and Women & Gender Studies classrooms. I also serve as a book reviews editor for the 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 current book project, Mixed Messages: Language, Media, and Belonging in Asian Russia, is an ethnography of 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, 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.


Listserv Editor:

Svetla Dimitrova, Michigan State University ( svetlasd [at] )

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.


Book Review Editor:

Jennifer Carroll, The Miriam Hospital ( Jennifer.Carroll [at] )

Jennifer J. Carroll is a medical anthropologist who researches drug use behaviors and addictions treatment in the United States and Eastern Europe. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Miriam Hospital (Providence, RI), a teaching affiliate of the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, where she is continuing her research on addictions treatment and HIV management among injection drug users in Ukraine. She completed her Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology and M.P.H. in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She also holds an M.A. in Sociology from Central European University and a B.A. in Anthropology from Reed College.


Student Representative: 

Jonathan Stillo, The City University of New York ( jstillo [at] )

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.


Anthropology News Column Editor: 

TBD in special election


Previous Officers of Soyuz Postsocialist Cultural Studies Group (2006-2015)

Convenor: Amy Ninetto, Erin Koch, Heidi Bludau

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

Programming Coordinator: Joseph Crescente, Kristen Ghodsee, Susanne Cohen, Jen Carroll

Webmaster: J. Dickenson, Jessica Lockrem, Fabio Mattioli

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

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

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