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Three from Russian Area Studies at convention

Three members of the HWS Russian Area Studies Program participated in the 38th national convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Nov. 16-19 in Washington, D.C.

Judith McKinney, associate professor of Economics, presented a paper on “Russian Babies, Russian Babes: The Economic and Demographic Consequences of International Adoption and Human Trafficking for Russia.”

David Ost, professor of Political Science, participated in a roundtable discussion on “Solidarity and Populism in Poland before and after 1989,” and was honored with the Ed A. Hewett Prize for his recent book, “The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Postcommunist Europe,” published by Cornell University Press.

Kristen Welsh, assistant professor, presented a paper on “Black Magic and Bad Readers: Nabokov’s ‘Korol’Dama, Valet’ and the Creative Process,” and chaired a panel on “Identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Popular Music.”

McKinney and Welsh also met with three alumnae working in D.C. at jobs that grew out of their involvement in the Russian Area Studies program: Tara Edlund ’04 and Donna Richardson ’05 both work for the federal government; Katie Corradini ’06 has just started a job with the American Council for Teachers of Russian.