Melikian Faculty Affiliates

David Siroky
POLITICS AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Duke University
Research Interests:
Ethnic conflict and civil war dynamics; Institutional change and political instability; causal inference and statistical methodology
Henry Sivak
POLITICS AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Lecturer
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:
Politics of secession and self-determination, cultural globalization, and global cities.
Andrew Smith
LIFE SCIENCES
Emeritus Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Research Interests:
Wildlife Biology, Eurasia
Laurie Stoff
BARRETT HONORS COLLEGE
Honors Faculty Fellow
Ph.D., University of Kansas
Research Interests:
Russian, East European, and women's and gender history and studies

Current Research: Laurie S. Stoff, Senior Lecturer and Honors Faculty Fellow, Barrett, the Honors College at ASU, is currently working on several projects. She is lead editor and contributor to an international, multi-author collection of essays on the experiences of individuals and groups who participated in the First World War in Russia on the "front," the first part of an entire volume in the Russia’s Great War and Revolution series about military affairs. Taking broad definitions of the “front” and military experiences, the volume spotlights not just combatants but also closely associated non-combatants such as nurses, military chaplains, front-zone civilian workers, POWs, and disabled veterans. This book seeks to promote and extend a non-traditional form of military history in relation to Russia, which rests on the premise that the military history of World War I in the Russian theater cannot be sufficiently understood by focusing exclusively on war plans, strategy, and operations, and that, precisely because war is a human activity, it is crucial to establish the place of humans in this military story. Stoff's two chapters in this volume concern the experiences of women soldiers and female nurses, respectively. With support of the Melikian Center, several of the Russian contributions to this book were translated into English by ASU graduate students. Stoff is also working on editing and annotating the memoir of experiences of an American doctor, Malcom Grow, who served with the Russian Imperial Army during the Great War, as well as an article for the Smithsonian on the meaning and importance of wearing uniforms for the women who served Russia as both soldiers and nurses in the First World War.

Henry Thomson
POLITICS AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Research Interests:
Political economy of authoritarianism and democratization with a special interest in role which agriculture plays in processes of development and democratization, and also in collective mobilization and repression under authoritarian regimes
Eric Thor
Eric Thor
AGRIBUSINESS
Professor
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Research Interests:
Agribusiness financing and resource management in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Emil Volek
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES
Professor
Ph.D., Charles University, Prague
Research Interests:
Czech, Soviet Formalist Writing
Mark von Hagen
INTERNATIONAL LETTERS AND CULTURES & POLITICS AND GLOBAL STUDIES
Professor
Ph.D., Stanford University
Research Interests:
Russian, Ukrainian, and Eurasian history

Current research: Mark von Hagen is working on a manuscript, “War, Revolution, Peace, and the Politics of National Self-Determination: Ukraine and Its Borderlands,” a study of the rise and fall of the first modern Ukrainian state against the backdrop of other “losers,” notably Belarus, and “winners,” above all Poland and Lithuania.  The manuscript has been accepted by University of Pittsburg Press and was “workshopped” in Warsaw in the summer of 2017 with responses from leading Polish and Ukrainian historians.  Related to that manuscript is continuing work on the Ukrainian revolution 1917-1920 presented in Kyiv in July 2017 at a conference on the centenary of the Revolution convened by the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.  Another line of the research focuses on the first peace of World War I, the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk signed February 9, 1918 between the Central Powers and the Ukrainian People’s Republic.  Von Hagen is also writing the introduction to an English-language translation of one of the most important texts of the Ukrainian revolution of 1917-1920, Pavlo Khrystiuk's Notes and Materials for a History of the Ukrainian Revolution, which was published in exile in Vienna in 1921, before Khrystiuk returned to--now Soviet--Ukraine to work there in publishing until his arrest on trumped-up charges of belonging to a Ukrainian National Center.  He was repressed and died in a Soviet Gulag in 1937; his work was banned in Soviet libraries until 1991.

Von Hagen's other major recent area of teaching and research has been the development of an undergraduate certificate in Veterans Studies, most likely the first of its kind.  The first course, to be offered fall 2018, will be titled “Veterans, Society and Service: America’s Experiences of War.”  The certificate will be housed under the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but will welcome students from all campuses, as is true for our involved faculty who come from across ASU.

Paul Zygas
ARCHITECTURE
Associate Professor
Ph.D. Cornell University
Research Interests:
Soviet Constructivism

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