Current Visiting Scholars

Volodymyr Dubovyk is Visiting Professor at Tufts University and Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University in Ukraine. He is one of the preeminent Ukrainian experts in the fields of international affairs, security studies, and foreign policy analysis. Dubovyk has conducted research at the Kennan Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (1997, 2006-2007, the latter being his first Fulbright), and at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland (2002). He taught at the University of Washington in 2013 as well as St. Edwards University and the University of Texas from 2016-2017 (his second Fulbright). He is co-author of Ukraine and European Security (1999) and has published numerous articles on U.S.-Ukraine relations, Black Sea regional security, international security, and Ukraine’s foreign policy and security.
Stepan Goncharov founded Respo, a Central Asian research company, in 2023 and became its director. Respo specializes in providing research services and developing new research approaches for emerging markets in the region. Goncharov's studies cover foreign policy attitudes, socio-cultural, and economic behavior of societies. Since 2013, he has worked as a researcher at the Levada-Center, a respected Russian research NGO. Stepan conducted various studies on political and economic behavior, as well as media consumption in Russia. He co-authored analytical reports on media consumption and consumer behavior published by Levada-Center and other institutions. Additionally, he authored numerous press releases on socio-economic behavior on Levada-Center's website. Stepan also played a role in developing Levada-Center's research capabilities, including online, mobile, and telephone surveys. Stepan Goncharov has over ten years of experience conducting research for commercial, non-profit, educational, and governmental organizations, including the World Bank, WWF, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Change.org, and others. He also participated in a joint research project on bilateral relations between the Chicago Council and Levada-Center.
Arman Grigoryan is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. His research interests include cyber policy, digitalization and IT governance, cybercrime investigations and risk management, economic aspects of cybersecurity and information security. He is a distinguished graduate of the Government Information Leadership Advanced Management Program of the College of Information and Cyberspace (iCollege) at the US National Defense University and holds a PhD in Computer Science (Automation Systems). He is an associate professor of cybersecurity and information security at the National Polytechnic University of Armenia and has affiliations with Yerevan State University, French University in Armenia and European University of Armenia. Prior to joining The Fletcher School, he was the head of the Center for National Security Policy and ICT at the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense Research University of the Ministry of Defense of Armenia.
Ivan Kurilla is currently the Mary L. Cornille Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities at Wellesley College. He previously taught at the European University in St. Petersburg and Volgograd State University. He also conducted research at Dartmouth College (as a Fulbright Scholar) and George Washington University. His main fields of interest include the history of Russia-U.S. relations and the use of the past for political purposes in Russia and the United States.
Pavel Luzin, Ph.D. in international relations (IMEMO, 2012), is a researcher of Russia’s foreign policy and defense, space policy, and global security issues. Luzin is a visiting scholar at The Fletcher School (USA) and a contributor to the Foreign Policy Research Institute (USA), the Jamestown Foundation (USA), and Riddle (Intersection Foundation, Lithuania). In 2017–2018, he was a consultant on armed forces, law enforcement agencies, and defense industry issues for Alexei Navalny’s presidential campaign. In 2016–2018, he was a consultant on Russia’s domestic politics for the “Nations in Transit” project at Freedom House (USA). In 2013–2014, Luzin was a research fellow at IMEMO (Russia). In 2013, he was an assistant to the editor-in-chief of the Security Index journal at PIR Center (Russia). Luzin was also a lecturer and senior lecturer at Perm State University (Russia) in 2010–2017, a senior lecturer at HSE (Perm campus, Russia) in 2011–2013, and a visiting assistant professor at HSE (Perm campus, Russia) in 2018–2019.
Özgür Özkan is a research fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy school and a visiting scholar at The Fletcher School. He holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle and an M.A. in Regional Security Studies (Russia-Eurasia) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Before pursuing an academic career, he served as an officer in the Turkish army and NATO. Özgür’s research lies at the nexus of international security and comparative politics with a regional specialization in Turkey and the Middle East. Özgür is working on a book project based on his dissertation exploring officer recruitment and promotion patterns and their interaction in international and intrastate conflicts in Turkey since the late Ottoman period. Özgür published a book chapter and has several articles in the process of publication on the causes and consequences of the military’s representativeness and effectiveness. His policy-relevant research has appeared in Foreign Policy magazine and The Conversation.
Yury Terekhov, a political consultant and researcher, holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Jagiellonian University, Cracow (2015). With 13 years of experience in political and media management across Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, and the United States, Yury has contributed to various fields. Serving as the editor (2014-2017) of the now-banned Rufabula webzine, contributing to WotTak TV, and consulting NITKA media, he played a pivotal role in development of independent Russian-language media. In 2016-2017, as a research fellow at the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry in Washington, D.C., Yury monitored legislative changes impacting Jewish communities in Eastern Europe. His leadership in sanctions advocacy against human rights violators and warmongers is evident through the project Putin’s List (2019-2022), alongside spearheading the Talent Pool for Free Russia, a capacity-building initiative for Russian political activists. Yury also played a leading role in popularizing the white-blue-white protest flag of the Russian opposition in 2022. His commitment to knowledge and positive social change is underscored by completing a Galina Starovoytova fellowship at the Kennan Institute (2023), where he focused on the experiences of Russian anti-war grassroots movements.