Harriman Institute postdoctoral research scholars


  • Markian Dobczansky

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Ukrainian Studies
    Columbia University
    212 854-4623

    Markian Dobczansky is a historian specializing in Soviet urban history, the politics of culture, and Russian-Ukrainian relations. He received a Ph.D. in Soviet history from Stanford University in September 2016.
    His book manuscript "Between Moscow and Kyiv: The Politics of Culture in Twentieth Century Kharkiv" examines local identity in Kharkiv, the largest metropolis of the Ukrainian-Russian cultural borderland, from 1917 to the 1990s. Utilizing archival materials from eight archives in Ukraine and Russia, memoirs, newspapers, and interviews, the book argues that the Soviet experience shaped a distinctive local identity that blended Ukrainian, Russian, Jewish, and Soviet elements.
    At the Harriman Institute, Dr. Dobczansky will revise his monograph for publication. He will also conduct additional research at Columbia University's Bakhmeteff Archive and Butler library, as well as at other archives in the New York City area. In spring 2018, he will teach a course titled "Eurasian Urbanisms: From the Imperial to the Post-Soviet."
    Prior to coming to Columbia, he has held fellowships at The George Washington University and at the University of Toronto, where he was the Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow in Ukrainian Politics, Culture, and Society.





  • Rhiannon Dowling

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Columbia University
    212 854-4623

    Rhiannon Dowling is a Modern European historian specializing in the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in May 2017. 
    Her book manuscript, “The Soviet War on Crime: The Criminal in Society, 1953-1991” places the problem of crime at the center of late Soviet life. Telling the story of the Soviet “War on Crime” of the 1960s and 1970s, she shows that what started during the “thaw” as an earnest effort to discover the roots of criminality, instead revealed to the broader public a culture of corruption that permeated the state from root to branch. Further, she shows that grassroots efforts to battle corruption which we tend to associate with Gorbachev and his era, actually began in the Brezhnev era, laying the groundwork for many of the most important and surprising elements of perestroika and glasnost.
    At the Harriman Institute, Dr. Dowling will be completing her book manuscript, as well as a companion article about one of the first publicly acknowledged Soviet serial killers, whose trial in 1964 exposed the limits of Khrushchev’s campaign for public participation in police and judicial work. She will also be researching her second book project on children’s colonies in Soviet Russia and Ukraine, exploring the parallel development of Soviet pedagogical and penal practices. She will be teaching courses on Russian and Soviet history and the problem of crime. 
    Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has published articles in the journal Aspasia: International Yearbook of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern European Women’s History on the role of popular film in Soviet and U.S. Cold War propaganda campaigns, and in the journal Russian History, adapting a chapter of her dissertation into an article on gender and mass participation in the Soviet justice system during the Brezhnev era.

  • Yana Gorokhovskaia

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Russian Politics
    Columbia University

    Yana Gorokhovskaia's research examines authoritarian endurance and the evolution of civil society in post-Soviet states, with particular attention to patterns of protest and electoral dynamics in Russia. She is currently pursuing two projects: the first investigates tactics used to mobilize vulnerable voters across Russia's regions and the second looks at the evolution of grassroots political organization and campaigning among the opposition in Moscow.

    Her academic work and analytical commentary on contemporary Russian politics has appeared or is forthcoming in Post-Soviet Affairs, Russian Politics, Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS), Point and Counterpoint, Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Harriman MagazineThe Washington Post, Expert Opinions, EurasiaNet, The Huffington Post and others.

    Dr. Gorokhovskaia teaches undergraduate courses on comparative politics, political institutions, and Russian politics. Syllabi are available on request.

    University of British Columbia (PhD, Political Science, 2016)

    Carleton University (B.A., M.A.)





  • Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Columbia University
    212 854-4623

    Vladimir Hamed-Troyansky is a historian of the modern Middle East and the Ottoman Empire, with a focus on transnational migration. He specializes in the Ottoman Levant, Balkans, and Anatolia, as well as the Greater Caucasus prior to World War I. He received a Ph.D. in Modern Middle Eastern History from Stanford University in 2018. 
    At the Harriman Institute, Vladimir is working on his book manuscript, titled An Empire of Refugees: Muslim Immigrants, Ottoman ‘Homeland’, and Global Hijra. It examines the resettlement of Muslim refugees from Russia in the Ottoman Empire between 1860 and 1914. Prior to WWI, about 1 million Muslims from the North Caucasus, including Circassians, Chechens, and Daghestanis, arrived in the Ottoman domains. Vladimir investigates the political economy of refugee villages and the networks that refugees fostered throughout the Ottoman Empire and across the Russo-Ottoman border. This project revisits late Ottoman history through the lens of migration, holding the resettlement of Muslim refugees as critical to the making of the modern Middle East and eastern Europe. 
    The book project is based on extensive examination of state correspondence, land records, and court registers, as well as rare documents produced by refugees themselves, such as private letters and communal petitions. Vladimir has conducted research in Ottoman Turkish and Arabic sources in a dozen public and private archives in Turkey, Jordan, and Bulgaria. He has also worked with Russian imperial records in archives in Moscow, Vladikavkaz, Nalchik, Makhachkala, Tbilisi, Yerevan, and Baku. 
    Contemporaneous with preparing his book manuscript, Vladimir is developing new projects on public health reforms in the Ottoman and Russian empires and on transnational migration in eastern Anatolia and the South Caucasus. 
    In spring 2019, Vladimir is teaching a course in Columbia’s Department of History on Muslim mobility between the Middle East and Russia/Soviet Union.


  • Martin Marinos

    Postdoctoral Research Scholar
    Columbia University
    212 854-4623

    Martin Marinos completed his Ph.D. in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh in August 2016. His research areas of specialization include transnational media history, political economy of media, socialist mass communication, media production studies and media populism.

    Drawing on a multi-method approach that engages with archival sources and oral interviews with journalists, media managers, and politicians, his dissertation, and now book project, Free to Hate: The Liberalization of Socialist Mass Media in post-1989 Bulgaria, examines how the liberalization of Eastern European socialist media facilitated the growth of far-right political movements. The first part of Free to Hate is a media history that describes how mass communication and especially the new medium of television intervened in the cultural and political changes that accompanied post-Stalinist socialism. The second part of his manuscript examines the transformations that brought in the global corporate media monopolies after the changes of 1989. He argues that one of the most detrimental outcomes of this degenerated media field is the proliferation of racist rhetoric against the Roma and Muslim minorities and more recently against the Syrian refugees trying to enter “Fortress Europe” through the Balkan route. Thus, the goal of the project is twofold: to problematize the almost complete omission of the legacy of socialist media within mainstream Anglo-American media histories and to explain the affinity between right-wing populism, a phenomenon ubiquitous beyond the border of the former “Iron Curtain,” and global media.

    His work has appeared in Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European Media, Communication, Capitalism and Critique, Global Media Journal, Social History, Radical Philosophy, Advances in the History of Rhetoric and other publications. In the past ten years he has taught a wide variety of courses including “Global Media,” “Introduction to Global Studies,” “Social Media,” “Introduction to Communication,” “International Communication,” “Public Speaking,” “Public Relations.” During his postdoctoral fellowship at the Harriman Institute he will teach “Global Media” at the School of International and Public Affairs.