Valentina Kaisarova is Associate Professor in the Department of Management and Planning of Socio-Economic Processes at Saint Petersburg State University and Associate Professor in the Department of State Administration at the National Research Institute Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg. She has held a number of government posts and since 2006 has served on the State Commission on Civil Servants Certification in the Administration of the Leningrad Region. While a visiting scholar at IU in April and May, she delivered a presentation on her research into citizen expectations and the reception of public services in major Russian cities. Additionally, Kaisarova’s is engaged in a collaborative research initiative with SPEA Professor Robert Kravchuk which focuses on the evolution of political federalism within the Russian Federation.
Vladislav Rjeoutski is a Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute in Moscow and spent part of the spring 2018 semester at REEI/RSW as a visiting fellow. His work centers on education as a core component of Russian culture in the 18th century. During his visit to IU he networked with faculty and participated in several events including the "On Russia, In Russian" lecture series where he spoke about his current project to a REEI-affiliated audience of Russian speakers.