Visiting Faculty & Scholars


  • Karol Kujawa – Assistant Professor at Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University in Turkey and a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow in the U.S. Dr. Kujawa is an analyst specializing in the Middle East, Balkans and European Neighbourhood Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Prior to his doctoral work, he was a fellow at the Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh (USA), Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (France), University of Zagreb (Croatia), and Mersin University (Turkey). He used to work as a senior analyst on Turkey and the Balkans at the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw, a government think tank. He has been a lecturer at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Germany), Department of Asian Studies at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poland), and Gazikent University (Turkey). He has published more than 100 articles and has given numerous interviews for the Polish and foreign media.


  • Sang Chul Park – Professor of History at Chonnam National University. His research is focused on the history of Russian politics in the early 20th century, particularly in the pre- and post-World War I era. He is interested in how the Russian government of the time responded to military defeat and social opposition. Specifically, he is examining the response of liberal Russian political parties (such as the Kadets) to the war, especially in their support for “L’union sacree” and their involvement in the Progressiv Bloc.
  • Curtis Richardson – Visting Assistant Professor. Dr. Richardson holds a Ph.D. in Imperial Russian history from Northern Illinois University. His dissertation centered heavily on the preparation for the Great Reforms which took place in Russia under tsar Alexander II. He currently teaches REES 200 “Introduction to the Cultures of Russia and Eurasia” and is writing a manuscript entitled “A Kinder, Gentler Russia: Hierarchies of Violence, Domestic Abuse, and Domesticity,” in which he analyzes modernization in Russia from the reign of Peter the Great to Alexander II.


  • Ekaterine Pirtskhalava – Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at Iv. Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia. Her research interests include: social psychology, sociology, family and family relationships, and issues related to Muslim Meskhetians (a Muslim people from Meskhetia, a region in southwestern Georgia).
  • Aileen Friesen – REEEC Postdoctoral Fellow. She received her PhD in history from the University of Alberta in 2013. Her dissertation was entitled “Building Orthodox Communities Outside Mother Russia: Church and Colonization in Omsk Diocese, 1885-1917.” Her main research interests are in settler colonialism, religion in the Russian Empire, spatial history, and Mennonite interactions with the state in the Russian Empire.