Alexander Libman is Assistant Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Economics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He is also affiliated with the East China Normal University as an associated researcher and with the Moscow School of Economics of Moscow State University as a visiting professor. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Mannheim and Dr.Sc. degree in economics from the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests are in the political economy of non-democratic regimes, as well as federalism, sub-national political regimes, and regional integration. His most recent publications include (with Evgeny Vinokurov) Holding-Together Regionalism: Twenty Years of Post-Soviet Integration (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) and Eurasian Integration: Challenges of Transcontinental Regionalism (New York, NY: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), as well as articles in Journal of Common Market Studies, Review of International Political Economy, Studies in Comparative International Development, Economics Letters, Journal of Comparative Economics, Post-Soviet Affairs, Europe-Asia Studies, and European Journal of Political Economy, as well as others. He was awarded the Ovsievich Memorial Prize in Mathematical Economics from the Russian Academy of Sciences and Knut Wicksell Prize in Political Economy from the European Public Choice Society.
Vladimir Kozlov, Ph.D. in economics (“Family Policy in Russia: Different Financial, Organizational and Responsibility Levels” [Lomonosov Moscow State University]) is Associate Professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow) in the Department of Demography. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in demography and demographic analysis, economic demography, game theory, and social policy. Vladimir Kozlov is also a researcher in the Laboratory of Social and Demographic Policy at the same university. His research interests are in area population and migration studies, as well as in institutional economics and new political economy. He has published more than 20 papers on those subjects, including “Roving Bandits in Action: Outside Option and Governmental Predation in Autocracies” (with Alexander Libman and Andre Schultz) in Kyklos (2012).
Jeremy Morris is Senior Lecturer in Russian at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests include new media, informal [End Page 321] economy, class, precarity, and post socialism more generally. His current research is focused on ethnographic approaches to understanding “actually lived experience” in the former Soviet Union. His most recent publications include: The Informal Post-Socialist Economy, Routledge: 2013 (with A. Polese); “Unruly Entrepreneurs: Russian Worker Responses to Insecure Formal Employment,” Global Labour Journal 3, no. 2 (2012); “Beyond Coping: Alternatives to Consumption Within Russian Worker Networks,” Ethnography 13, no. 4 (2013); “Learning How to Shoot Fish on the Internet: New Media in the Russian Margins as Facilitating Immediate and Parochial Social Needs,” Europe-Asia Studies 64, no. 8 (2012); “Socially Embedded Workers at the Nexus of Diverse Work in Russia: An Ethnography of Blue-Collar Informalization,” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 31, nos. 11–12 (2011).
Yulia Gradskova is a researcher at the History Department of Stockholm University. She has published on the issues of Soviet social and family policy and history of the Soviet “culturalization” of minority women, as well as on the issues of Soviet fashion and beauty practices. Together with Helene Carlbäck and Zhanna Kravchenko, Gradskova is the editor of the anthology And They Lived Happily Ever After: Norms and Everyday Practices of Family and Parenthood in Russia and Eastern Europe (Budapest: CEU Press, 2012).
Alla Nedashkivska is Associate Professor of Slavic Applied Linguistics in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta, Canada. She publishes in the areas of Slavic linguistics, discourse analysis, and political and media language, as well as language pedagogy. She is also the author of Ukrainian Through Its Living Culture, an advanced Ukrainian language textbook published by the University of Alberta Press in 2010, which has won the 2012 AATSEEL Book prize for “Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy.”
Sergei I. Zhuk began his career during the Soviet period as a specialist in US history, especially in the social and cultural history of colonial British America, moved to the United States in 1997 and defended his new (American) Ph.D. dissertation about Imperial...