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Of Plants, Place, and Politics

Graphic with headshots of faculty members from the research pod
February 22, 2024

New IES Faculty Research Pod

IES is pleased to announce the awarding of our second faculty research pod: “Of Plants, Place, and Politics” [Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union]”.

The pod brings together several faculty from across Cornell departments and colleges whose work focuses on the region(s) covered by the Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). The pod team will be meeting monthly to workshop draft research papers in an interdisciplinary setting. They will also organize a symposium of faculty research related to Soviet/post-Soviet history and politics and the environment/landscape.

More broadly, under the rubric “Of Plants, Place, and Politics,” the pod will focus on the intersection of environmental, cultural and political themes, discussing how the changing climate (in all senses of the word) relates to their research, teaching, collegial networks and collaborations, public scholarship and advocacy, and the institutional support available to international and interdisciplinary studies of this region.

Participating Faculty: 

Maria C. Taylor, Department of Landscape Architecture, Assistant Professor

Cristina Florea, History, Assistant Professor 

Mari F. Jarris, German Studies, Provost New Faculty Fellow and incoming Assistant Professor 

Lori Khatchadourian, Department of Near Eastern Studies & Anthropology, Associate Professor 

Sophie Pinkham, Comparative Literature, Professor of Practice 

Bryn McCammon Rosenfeld, Government, Assistant Professor 

Leila Wilmers, Sociology, Postdoctoral Associate 

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