Elena A. Bogdanova has been a researcher at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg, since 2001. Since 2009 she has led the research group “Law and Society” at CISR. She received the degree of Candidate of Sciences in sociology in 2006. Currently she is working as a visiting lecturer and writing her second doctoral thesis at the University of Eastern Finland. She has published approximately thirty articles, one of which won the International Sociological Association’s worldwide competition for young sociologists (2014). She has experience teaching courses on qualitative methods in social research, Russian legal culture, and contemporary social theory. Her research interests include the anthropology and sociology of law, justice and regulative systems, Soviet society and postsocialist transformations, and qualitative sociology.
Amieke Bouma is a PhD researcher at VU University Amsterdam. Her PhD research focuses on interest organizations of former GDR elites since 1990 in East Germany. Previously, she conducted research on historiography in post-Soviet Turkmenistan, which was published in the Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas in 2011 (“Turkmenistan: Epics in Place of Historiography”). Her research interests include the politics and historiography of the former socialist states of Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Milla Fedorova is an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages at Georgetown University. Her area of expertise is Russian twentieth-century literature (including its marginal genres, such as sci-fi and crime fiction), film, and the Internet. She has researched E. T. A. Hoffmann’s subtexts in Fyodor Dostoevsky, Mikhail Bulgakov’s argument with Leo Tolstoy, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s influence on Alexander Pushkin. Her book Yankees in Petrograd, Bolsheviks in New York: America and Americans in Russian Literary Perception (Northern Illinois University Press, 2013) examines the myth of America as the Other World in Russian literature and film. Currently she is working on a book about post-Soviet film adaptations of Russian literature.
Katherine Lebow holds PhD in history from Columbia University; she is a historian of East Central Europe with interests in urban, social, cultural, and intellectual history and has taught widely in Europe and the United States. Her recent publications include Unfinished Utopia: Nowa Huta, Stalinism, and Polish Society, 1949–1956 (Cornell University Press, 2013; forthcoming in Polish with Wydawnictwo “Czarne”) and “The Conscience of the Skin: Interwar Polish Autobiography and Social Rights” (published in the journal Humanity), which won the 2013 Aquila Polonica Prize for best article in Polish studies. She is a 2013–2014 research fellow at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies.
Marianna Muravyeva is Professor and Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Her research focuses on the history of crime, legal history, gender history, and history of sexuality in early modern Europe. She has published extensively, including edited volumes Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Routledge, 2013); Shame, Blame, and Culpability: Crime and Violence in the Modern State (Routledge, 2012); and Domestic Violence in the History of Russian Everyday Life (Izdatel’stvo EUSPb, 2012; in Russian).
Freek van der Vet is a researcher working at the University of Helsinki’s Department of Social Research and Aleksanteri Institute. His current research analyzes how Russian human rights defenders litigate before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of victims of grave atrocities that occurred during the two Chechen conflicts, victims of inhuman and degrading treatment, and victims of discrimination. He is the author of several articles that have appeared in Human Rights Review, Review of Central and East European Law, and Social & Legal Studies.