Campus News and Awards

Congratulations to Kaz Poznanski who has received a six month fellowship to do research at the Vienna Institute for Human Studies. He will work on a comparative analysis of the state in the transition of economies. He was also guest editor of a special volume of the journal East European Politics and Societies which appeared this winter term.

Congratulations to Herb Ellison who recently received a $75,000 grant from the Jackson Foundation as a matching grant to support his proposed television series on the end of the cold war tentatively entitled "The Accidental Revolutionary." Herb has now received a $150,000 award from the Starr Foundation of New York as the matching grant and anticipates moving ahead with the project in January.

For those of you who may not know (most of you, given what befell the AAASS conference) Steve Hanson won this yearís Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize. A prize awarded annually by AAASS in conjunction with Stanford Universityís Center for Russian and East European Studies for "a distinguished monograph in Russian, Eurasian, and East European studies in any discipline of the humanities, including literature, the arts, film, etc." Congratulations are in order!

Congratulations to Aleksander Perepechko and Dmitry Sharkov who have received a $5,800 grant from the U.W. Libraries for further development of their Russian Federation rayon-level database (Russian Maps Project #65-3105: "Current Rayon-Level Boundaries of the Russian Federation"). Included among the Arc/Info export files currently available on the Web are: 1) digital rayon-level boundaries and most of the "gorsoviets" of the Russian Federation; 2) thematic data such as urban and rural population for 1996; and 3) second round rayon-level results of the presidential elections in 1996 (voting returns for Yelítsin, Zuganov, against all, turnout). Please visit their web-site. They would also be happy to get your comments!

Congratulations to Laada Bilaniuk who began a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology, with a specialization in linguistic anthropology. Professor Bilaniukís interests center on the Ukraine, as well as the rest of the former Soviet Union, focusing in issues of language politics and nation-building.

Congratulations to Professor Glennys Young who has been awarded a grant from the Kennan Institute to conduct research on a new new project - Violence, Rural Society, And Russian Polticial Culture, 1890 - 1941. Professor Young will be spending the first part of her coming sabbatical, winter and spring, 1999, in D.C. on this grant.

Graduate Book Awards went to Catriona Logan whose thesis in the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies Program was on the developmet of grassroots, nonprofit organizations in post-Soviet Russia.


Karen Freeze has a four-way visiting appointment with the School of Business (two parts), the History Department, and the Jackson School of International Studies (REECAS). The Business School components are CIBER, which is the Center for International Business Education and Research, and the Management & Organization Department, out of which Professor Freeze is currently teaching "History of Technology in the Market Economy." A course for 2nd-year MBA students. With CIBER, Prof. Freeze is involved in developing a case study program in the management of global technologies. Field-based case studies are a special genre that gives students a glimpse of how a particular company operates, how it makes decisions, and how it learns. Winter quarter, Prof. Freeze will be teaching the "History of East Central Europe Since 1918" through the History Department. Spring quarter finds Prof. Freeze at the Jackson School offering a seminar for REECAS students. This seminar is being conceived broadly so that students can pursue their country specialties. Perhaps using one of the major 20th century themes such as Revolutions, Social Change, or Crises & Resolutions.

Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Ablet Kamalov, Department of History, Institute of Oriental Studies, Kazakh Academy of Sciences, arrived here on September 5, l998. Dr. Kamalov will be staying here for nine months. Dr. Kamalov was born in Xinjiang (he is Uighur) and received his education in St. Petersburg and at Tashkent State University. Currently, he is the chair of the Department of Uighur History at the Institute of Oriental Studies. While at the University of Washington, Dr. Kamalov will be working on "American-Sino-Soviet Diplomacy and the Eastern Turkestan Republic (1944-1949)." His research at the UW will be based on Russian, Chinese, Uighur and English sources. Dr. Kamalov can be reached through the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilisation. Contact Professor Ilse D. Cirtautas at: 543-9963.

The Scandinavian Department is pleased to welcome Kristin Kuutma, from Tallinn, Estonia. Ms. Kuutma is a graduate student focusing on Folklore in Scandinavian Area Studies, and a TA for Elementary Estonian.

Patricia Smith has previously taught political science and international relations at the University of Washington and in Romania from 1995-1997. As the recipient of an IREX Fellowship, she spent 1991-92 in Berlin affiliated with Humboldt University. Professor Smith received her Ph.D. in Political Science in 1995 and her dissertations entitled "Democratizing East Germany: Ideas, Emerging Political Groups, and the Dynamics of Change." Publications include After the Wall: Eastern Germany Since 1989 (Westview, July 1998), "See How She Runs: Effective Political Techniques," and "German Economic and Monetary Union: Transition to a Market Economy." She is currently working on a book on the East German revolution of 1989 and a paper on German foreign policy. Smith has previously worked in government as a legislative analyst, planner, and program administrator. She is West Coast director for Partnership Initiatives, a non-profit organization using video-conferencing to provide forums for international discussions within and between the United States and Europe.

Welcome Jaroslava Soldanova, Czech lecturer here this year teaching two levels of Czech. Ms. Soldanova comes to the University of Washington with sixteen years teaching experience at middle school and high school in Czech Republic. She has her BA and MA in Education from the Pedagogical Faculty of Palacky University, Olomouc where she specialized in Czech and Russian languages.

"Following the Amber Road"... to the UW Baltic Studies Endowed Fund

On October 17, under the dynamic leadership of Amanda Floan (MA, REECAS 1995), a committee of about thirty friends of the UW, organized the second auction to support Baltic Studies at the UW. The event, boosted by a matching grant from the Lithuanian Foundation, netted over $50,000, nearly doubling the success of the 1997 auction which yielded $30,000. Items auctioned off were donated by individuals and businesses in the Seattle area. Most popular among the items up for bidding were jewelry pieces made of Baltic amber, which were advertised in the auction motto, "Follow the Amber Road", weekend getaways, sports tickets and catering services also brought in high bids, as did a 1630 map of Lithuania and a handcarved chess set.

The Baltic Studies Program, jointly founded in 1994 by REECAS and the Department of Scandinavian Studies, is entering its fifth year. Its mission is to offer regular instruction in Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian language, history and culture. Since 1994, eighty UW students have studied the three languages. The program is the only one of its kind in North America. "I want to ensure that future students at the UW have the opportunity for Baltic Studies that I didnít have when I was a student," summarized Floan, "and thatís why itís so important to give this program a solid financial foundation. Iím grateful to all of the donors, organizers and bidders who made this event a success." With the money raised by this monthís auction, the UW Baltic Studies Endowment will grow to $450,000.