Summer Workshops in Quantitative Methods

SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII Summer Workshops in Quantitative Methods

THE EURASIA PROGRAM of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), in partnership with the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, held two intensive, five-day, interdisciplinary workshops devoted to quantitative social science approaches to social, political, economic and cultural phenomena in Eurasia.

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign: June 14-19, 2012
Faculty Director: Professor Cynthia Buckley

University of Wisconsin, Madison: August 6- 10, 2012
Faculty Director: Professor Theodore Gerber


The SSRC Eurasia Program is offered intensive workshops to enhance training in quantitative methodology and increase familiarity with existing data sets among scholars of the region with policy-relevant interests. The workshops consisted of 20 hours of directed laboratory instruction, and approximately ten hours each of supervised laboratory time (group assignments, individual research) and faculty/peer assessments for research. Evenings were reserved for informal discussions, group projects, and optional seminars concerning advanced themes in sampling, index construction, and non-linear regression approaches. The workshops were led by experienced local instructors and senior resource faculty. Each participant presented their own research project during the course of the workshop. Participants were also invited to submit a 1-2 page policy memo highlighting their work for possible inclusion in the SSRC Eurasia Program Title VIII Policy Brief Series.

Illinois Workshop Participants and Faculty


  • Cynthia Buckley, University of Illinois/SSRC (Sociology)
  • Katy Pearce, University of Washington (Communications)
  • Brian Silver, Michigan State University (Political Science)
  • Christopher Whitsel, North Dakota State University (Sociology)

Senior Tutor:

  • Andrea Hartman, University of Illinois (Sociology)

Associate Tutor:

  • Soo Yeon Yoon, University of Illinois (Sociology)


  • Robyn Angley, Harvard University (Davis Center), “The Rallying Point: Protests, Opposition Tactics, and Citizen Choice in Post-Rose Revolution Georgia”
  • Jon Marco Church, United Nations (Liaison Officer in Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) “International Cooperation of Turkmenistan in the Water Sector”
  • Natalia Dame, University of Southern California (Slavic Languages and Literatures), “Censorship and the Russian Satirical Journals of 1905-06: The Battle for Freedom of Speech”
  • Valeriy Dzutsev, Arizona State University (Political Science) “Can Islam be a Force for Modernization? A Surprising Answer from the North Caucasus”
  • Jeremy Pine, University of Pennsylvania (Anthropology), “Central Asian Trade Networks: A Social Cartography”
  • Natalia Rekhter, Lincoln College (Health Services Administration Program) “Impact of Alcohol Consumption on HIV/AIDS Rates among Russian Youth”
  • Christopher Russell, University of Wisconsin (Law), “Access to Justice in Ukraine”
  • Mark Silinskiy, US Army Intelligence (Senior Counterinsurgency) “The Longest War: The Taliban, Violence, and Stability in Afghanistan 2002-2009”

Wisconsin Workshop Participants and Faculty


  • Cynthia Buckley, University of Illinois/SSRC (Sociology)
  • Ted Gerber, University of Wisconsin (Sociology)
  • Christopher Whitsel, North Dakota State University (Sociology)
  • Jane Zavisca, University of Arizona (Sociology)

Senior Tutor:

  • Nicole Butkovich Kraus, University of Wisconsin (Sociology)

Lab Session Lecturers:

  • Felix Elwert, University of Wisconsin (Sociology)
  • Nora Cate Schaeffer, University of Wisconsin (Sociology)
  • Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, University of Wisconsin (Sociology)

Thematic Session Lecturer:

  • Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin (Political Science)


  • Nadina Anderson, University of Arizona (Sociology), “Migration Desire Formation: Structural and Psychological Factors Spurring Ukrainian Youth Migration 1998-2000”
  • Olga Basmanova ^, Higher School of Economics (Laboratory for Comparative Social Research), “Suicide Rate and Subjective Well-Being in Russia, 1985-2006: Cohort Analysis”
  • Galina Belokurova, University of Wisconsin (Political Science), “When Does Business Turn Violent?”
  • Laura Dean, University of Kansas (Political Science), “Beyond the Natasha Effect: Determinants of Human Trafficking Policy Variation in the Post-Soviet Region”
  • Matthew Derrick, Humboldt State University (Geography), “The Territoriality of Religious Temples in Tatarstan”
  • Kara Downey,Stanford University (Political Science), “The Truth is Out there? Information, Credibility, and Persuasion in Post-Soviet Central Asia”
  • Edward Holland, University of Colorado- Boulder (Geography), “Religious Practice among Muslims and Buddhists in the Russian Federation”
  • Elizabeth King, Yale University (Interdisciplinary Center for Research on AIDS), “Women's Access to HIV Services in the Former Soviet Union”
  • Lauren McCarthy, University of Massachusetts- Amherst (Political Science), “Police Reforms and Trust in Russia”
  • Maureen McGuigan, Kansas State University (Agricultural Economics), “Gendered Dimensions of Household Decision -Making Under Asymmetric Irrigation Risk in Kyrgyzstan”
  • Marina Nikitina ^, Higher School of Economics (Sociology), “Determinants of Casual and Informal Employment in Russia: What is Different?”
  • Katy Pearce, University of Washington (Communications), “The Effect of the Internet on Civic Engagement under Authoritarianism: The Case of Azerbaijan”
  • Steven Wilson, University of Wisconsin (Political Science), “The Hidden Market: The Invisible Hand of Political Competition within Russian Regional Authoritarianism”

^Participation Supported by the Higher School of Economics

The funding for this workshop is provided by the Department of State, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Office of Outreach Title VIII Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Independent States of the Former Soviet Union).