Oxana Shevel

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Political Scientist
Boston, United States of America

Associate Professor in Politics at Tufts University, focuses on Comparative Politics and the post-Communist region. She is the author of Migration, Refugee Policy, and State Building in Postcommunist Europe (Cambridge 2011), which examines how the politics of national identity and strategies of the UNHCR shape refugee admission policies in the post-Communist region, leading countries to be more or less receptive to refugees. She is a Research Associate at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University. 

List of Publications: 


"The Politics of Citizenship Policy in Post-Soviet Russia," Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol. 28, No. 1 (January-March 2012), pp. 111-147.

"The politics of memory in a divided society: a comparison of post-Franco Spain and post-Soviet Ukraine."Slavic Review, Vol. 70, No. 1 (Spring 2011): 137-164.

"Russian nation-building from Yeltsin to Medvedev: ethnic, civic, or purposefully ambiguous?" Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 63, No. 1 (March 2011): 179-202.

"The post-Communist diaspora laws: Beyond the "good civic vs. bad ethnic" nationalism dichotomy." East European Politics and Societies, Vol. 24, No. 1 (February 2010): 159-187.

"The Politics of Citizenship Policy in New States." Comparative Politics, Vol. 41, No. 3 (April 2009): 273-291