Melikian Faculty Affiliates

Ileana Orlich
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
President's Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research Interests:
Romanian literature; comparative literature; American studies in East Central Europe; gender studies; ethnic and religious conflict in East Central Europe
Michael Ostling
BARRETT HONORS COLLEGE
Honors Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., University of Toronto
Research Interests:
Witchcraft and demonology in early modern Poland; anthropology of religion; Jacek Kuroń's radical pedagogy.

Current research projects: Michael Ostling is working on a book manuscript with the working title “Teaching Democracy by Living It: The Radical Pedagogy of Jacek Kuroń.” Kuroń (1934-2004) is best remembered as a leader of the anti-communist resistance in Poland, first as the organizer of KOR (Komitet Obrony Robotników, Committee for the Defense of the Laborers) in the 1970s and then as an advisor to the Solidarity movement in the 1980s, culminating in the "round table" negotiations that made possible a peaceful end to one-party government in Poland in 1989. However, Kuroń’s career as a dissident activist came about as an unintended side-project growing out of his practice of democratic pedagogy. As an organizer of the socialist co-educational scouting movement (the so-called Walterowcy), Kuroń attempted to transform the hierarchical, military-style scout summer-camps into schools of radical democracy, with child-participants making and taking responsibility for all substantive decisions. Multiple stints in prison and a ban on government employment after 1968 prevented the completion of Kuroń’s doctoral dissertation, an attempt to place this democratic pedagogy on a theoretical footing. Ostling's project intends to recover Kuroń’s pedagogical thought through the creation of an edited reader of translated essays and excerpts from his lifelong attempt to teach and live democracy. 

Victor Peskin
POLITICS AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
Intersection of international relations, comparative politics, and human rights
Laura Popova
BARRETT HONORS COLLEGE
Honors Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Research Interests:
Eurasian archaeology
Nancy Roberts
ECONOMICS
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research Interests:
Microeconomic Theory, Public Finance
Stefan Stantchev
HUMANITIES, ARTS & CULTURAL STUDIES
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Research Interests:
Religious and economic factors that shaped power relations within Europe and throughout the Mediterranean, circa 1000 to circa 1500
Peter Schmelz
MUSIC
Associate Professor
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
Popular music and popular culture (in both the US and Eastern Europe), music and the Cold War, and music and politics more broadly, as well as music and film, and sound studies.
John Duncan Shaeffer
GEOGRAPHICAL SCIENCES AND URBAN PLANNING
Principal Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor
Ph.D., Arizona State University
Research Interests:
Regional geography, including Russia and its surroundings; cultural and historical geography
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Iveta Silova
TEACHERS COLLEGE, MARY LOU FULTON
Professor and Director of the Center for the Advanced Studies in Global Educations
PhD, Columbia University
Research Interests:
Globalization, Democratization, and Policy ‘Borrowing’ in Education
Danko Sipka
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
Professor
Ph.D., University of Belgrade, Ph.D., Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Research Interests:
Linguistics, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Polish

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