Harriman Awards Russian Studies Research Grants

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Harriman Institute is pleased to announce the recipients of its latest round of Russian Studies Research Grants. The Harriman Russian Studies Research Grant competition, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, supports research projects in the social sciences involving the study of Russia and spans the social sciences broadly defined.

Belinda Archibold, Assistant Professor of Economics at Barnard College, will be conducting research that tests for the existence of carbon leakage using evidence from the oil and gas industry and associated gas flaring policy. The major question of interest is whether multinational oil companies “outsource” pollution in the presence of uneven environmental, anti-gas flaring regulations across regions. An extension of the research will examine the health and human capital investment effects of contemporaneous and long-term exposure to local pollution from gas flaring, using evidence from Russia, the United States and Nigeria, three countries in the top 10 gas flaring lists by World Bank estimates.

Alexander Karp, Professor of Mathematics Education at Teacher’s College, will study the Russian national sub-commission of the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction and its members and contributors (the key figures in Russian mathematics education at the beginning of the twentieth century). The goal of the project is to collect more information about these leading figures and to prepare a modern edition of the sub-commission's materials.

Anupama Rao, Associate Professor of History at Barnard College, will lead a workshop entitled, “The Minority Question in the Short Twentieth Century.” This workshop is the prelude to the publication of an edited volume on the global effects of the Russian Revolution (and the formation of the Soviet Union) and will focus on debates about minority rights.

Georgiy Syunyaev, Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, will lead a project entitled, “Controlled Confusion: Manipulation of Public Attribution of Responsibilities in Decentralized Autocracies.”