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Sociologist Gail Kligman Named New Director for UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies

Sociologist Gail Kligman Named New Director for UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies

Award-winning scholar will take office in 2005 after her Russell Sage Foundation fellowship.

Award-winning sociologist Gail Kligman has been named incoming director of the Center for European and Eurasian Studies in the UCLA International Institute. She will take up the directorship on July 1, 2005, following a sabbatical year at the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City. Ivan Berend, a highly respected historian who has guided the center for the last ten years, will continue as director for the 2004-05 year. "I am extremely pleased both that Gail has agreed to become the center's next director and that Ivan Berend has generously consented to stay on as director next year so that Gail can take her sabbatical at Russell Sage," said Geoffrey Garrett, vice provost and dean of the UCLA International Institute. "I would like to thank the search committee for doing its work so diligently and for helping to identify such a strong incoming director. Gail Kligman is a world-class scholar with years of administrative experience. The center remains in very good hands."

Kligman has long been active in the Center, most recently as the chair of its Faculty Advisory Committee. Before coming to UCLA in 1993 as a professor of sociology, Kligman taught anthropology at the University of Chicago, and anthropology and sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.

Kligman's expertise spans the domains of women's studies, anthropology, and cultural studies. She is the recipient of the Chicago Folklore Prize (1982) for her book Calus: Symbolic Transformation in Romanian Ritual; and has won the Heldt Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies twice, in 1998 for The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceausescu's Romania, and in 2001 for The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay (with Susan Gal). She has received many prestigious grants, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the MacArthur International Peace and Cooperation Fellowship, the Soros Foundation, and, most recently, a Russell Sage Foundation grant for 2004-05.

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