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UCLA Center for European and Russian Studies hosted a panel discussion with UCLA professors on "The Current War in Ukraine". The event took place online via a Zoom webinar on March 1, 2022. Biographies of our panelists and moderator are available below.
If you missed the event, you are welcome to watch the recording here on our website or on our YouTube Channel. If you prefer the read a concise summary of the webinar discussion, you can read an article titled "UCLA experts foresee drawn-out conflict in Ukraine" written by Madeline Adamo and published in UCLA Newsroom on March 2, 2022.
Michael Mann, Distinguished Research Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA
Michael Mann is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at UCLA and one of the world’s eminent social historians. He has a BA and D.Phil. from Oxford University, and has been awarded three honorary doctorates (Hon.D.Litts.) from McGill University, Montreal, University College, Dublin, and The University of the Aegean. After graduating from Oxford he worked at Cambridge University, The University of Essex, the London School of Economics, and (from 1987), the University of California at Los Angeles. He was Visiting Research Professor at The Queens University, Belfast, during 2003-2007, and in 2004-2005 he was the Visiting Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship at Cambridge. In 2015 he was elected a Fellow of both the American and British Academies. His major publication project is the four volume The Sources of Social Power, all published by Cambridge University Press. Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 (1986), Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760 -1914 (1993), Volume III: Global Empires and Revolution, 1890-1945 (2012), and Volume IV: Globalizations, 1945 -2012 (2013). He is currently finishing his book On Wars, which will be published by the Yale University Press.
Jared McBride, Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of History, UCLA
Jared McBride received his doctorate from the History Department at UCLA in 2014. His work specializes in the regions of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe in the 20th century and his research interests include borderlands studies, nationalist movements, mass violence and genocide, the Holocaust, inter-ethnic conflict, and war crimes prosecution. He is currently completing a book manuscript on local perpetrators and interethnic violence in Nazi-occupied western Ukraine. He held post-doc positions at the USC Shoah Foundation; Columbia University; Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute; and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. His research has been supported by Fulbright, SSRC, and Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, among others and his work has been published in Slavic Review, Journal of Genocide Research, Carl Beck Papers, Ab Imperio, and Kritika. He has published online articles with The Nation, Los Angeles Times, Haaretz, and openDemocracy.
Daniel Treisman, Professor, Department of Political Science, UCLA
Daniel Treisman is a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was educated at Oxford University (BA Hons. 1986) and Harvard University (Ph.D. 1995). Treisman’s work focuses on Russian politics and economics and comparative political economy. He has published four books and many articles in leading political science and economics journals including The American Political Science Review and The American Economic Review, as well as in the public affairs journals Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. A former interim lead editor of The American Political Science Review, he has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and as acting director of UCLA’s Center for European and Eurasian Studies. In Russia, he is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Higher School of Economics and a member of the Jury of the National Prize in Applied Economics. He has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution (Stanford) and the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna), and has received fellowships from the German Marshall Fund of the US and the Smith Richardson Foundation. His latest book, The Return: Russia’s Journey from Gorbachev to Medvedev (The Free Press, 2011) was one of the Financial Times’ Best Political Books of 2011.
Gail Kligman, Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology, UCLA
Gail Kligman’s research has focused on politics, culture, and gender in Central East Europe, both during the communist period and since its demise, and includes extensive field research in Romania. She is co-author with Katherine Verdery of Peasants under Siege: Collectivization in Romania, 1949-1962 (Princeton UP, 2011), which won the 2012 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize, the Davis Center Book Prize, and the Heldt Prize from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and received two Honorable Mentions by the American Sociological Association for Best Book in Comparative-Historical Sociology and Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship, Political Sociology Section Best Book. She is co-author with Susan Gal of The Politics of Gender after Socialism: A Comparative-Historical Essay (Princeton UP, 2000), which won the 2001 Heldt Prize of the Association for Women in Slavic Studies. She is also the author of The Politics of Duplicity: Controlling Reproduction in Ceauşescu's Romania (UC Press, 1998), which also won the Heldt Prize, and of The Wedding of the Dead: Ritual, Poetics and Popular Culture in Transylvania (UC Press, 1988). Kligman has held teaching appointments at the University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, Stanford University, and Georgetown University. She has received many prestigious research grants, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the MacArthur Foundation, the Soros Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
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