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The following scholars, writers, and editors are available to members of the media to talk about their work in this area. Following is information about their background, special interests, and preferred manner of contact. Listed email addresses should be copied into an email client, replacing "at" with "@".

Katalin Fábián
Katalin Fábián studies the intersection of gender and globalization as they influence various policy processes of emerging democracies. She edited a 2005 special issue of Canadian-American Slavic Studies that focused on the changing international relations of Central and Eastern Europe, and edited and contributed chapters to Globalization: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and Domestic Violence in Postcommunist States: Local Activism, National Policies, and Global Forces. Her book Contemporary Women’s Movements in Hungary: Globalization, Democracy, and Gender Equality analyzes the emergence and political significance of women’s activism in Hungary.

Email: fabiank at

Adriana Helbig
Adriana Helbig, an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, specializes in relationships between music and minority rights, migration, and race in eastern Ukraine. A member of the graduate faculty, she teaches courses on global hip-hop, world music, music, gender, and sexuality, music and technology, and cultural policy. Her articles have appeared in edited collections and journals such as The Yearbook for Traditional Music, Current Musicology, and Popular Music. She is the coauthor, with Oksana Buranbaeva and Vanja Mladineo, of The Culture and Customs of Ukraine and author of Hip-Hop Ukraine: Music, Race, and African Migration.

Email: anh59 at

Albert Kaganovitch
Albert Kaganovitch is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Humanities, University of Manitoba, and a former research fellow at the Judaic Studies Program of Manitoba University; the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.; the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and the International Institute for Holocaust Research at the Yad Vashem Museum of the Holocaust in Jerusalem.

Email: dr.kaganovitch at

Wendy Lower
Wendy Lower is a research fellow and lecturer at Ludwig Maximilians Universität in Munich. Author of Nazi Empire-Building and the Holocaust in Ukraine, she is a past research fellow and Director of Visiting Scholar Programs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

Email: wlower at

Volodymyr Polokhalo
Volodymyr Polokhalo is editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian scholarly political science journal Political Thought and a candidate of history and docent in the Department of History, Taras Shevchenko National University, Ukraine.

Ania Savage
Ania Savage is a journalist who has taught at the University of Denver and the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Her writings have appeared in such national publications as the New York Times and USA Today.

Email: masavage at

James Steffen
James Steffen is film and media studies librarian at Emory University in Atlanta and a historian of Soviet and post-Soviet cinema.

Email: jsteffe at

Sergei I. Zhuk
Sergei I. Zhuk is Associate Professor of History at Ball State University and a native of Ukraine. Previously, Zhuk taught U.S. history in Russia and Ukraine for many years, publishing three books and more than twenty articles on colonial American history in English, French and Russian. Zhuk’s current research concentrates on history of popular culture, religion, and identity in Russia and Ukraine. Zhuk has published three scholarly titles in English: Russia’s Lost Reformation: Peasants, Millennialism and Radical Sects in Southern Russia and Ukraine, 1830-1917; "Popular Culture, Identity and Soviet Youth in Dniepropetrovsk, 1959-1984" in The Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies, No. 1906; and Rock and Roll in the Rocket City: The West, Identity, and Ideology in Soviet Dniepropetrovsk, 1960-1985.

Email: sizhuk at

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