About Julie D Hemment

My research focuses on issues of gender, youth, and citizenship in postsocialist Russia. My first book, Empowering Women in Russia: Aid, NGOs and Activism (Indiana University Press, 2007), traced the development encounter between Russian women’s groups and international aid agencies via an account of a participatory action research project with activists in provincial Tver’.
My most recent research – supported by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, IREX, and the National Science Foundation – has examined the controversial nationalist youth projects that proliferated in Russia in the Putin era (2005-2011). My forthcoming book, Youth Politics in Putin’s Russia: Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs (Indiana University Press, 2015) examines some of these projects ethnographically, exploring both the forces that prompted them and the motivation of their participants.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

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Research Interests

Cultural Anthropology, Post-socialism, gender and transition, Feminist anthropology, Participatory Action Research Methodology, Applied anthropology, and Russia

Contact Information

Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-577-1104


Books (2)

Articles (6)