My research focus is on postsocialist Russia and my research to date examines issues
of gender, development, NGOs and civil society. I am also interested in exploring forms
of feminist, activist and collaborative anthropology. My book, Empowering Women in
Russia: Aid, NGOs and Activism (Indiana University Press 2007) traces 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'. I am currently working on a collaborative research project that investigates
the restructuring of social welfare and the promotion of youth voluntarism in Russia,
supported by the National Science Foundation. 



Nashi, Youth Voluntarism and Potemkin NGOs: Making sense of civil society in post-Soviet Russia, Slavic Review (2012)

This article tracks the aftermath of international development aid in post-Soviet Russia socialist space by...



Redefining need, reconfiguring expectations: the rise of state-run youth voluntarism programs in Russia, Anthropological Quarterly (2012)

This article investigates the restructuring of the Russian social welfare system by interrogating Putin-era state-run...



Soviet-style neoliberalism? Nashi, youth voluntarism and the restructuring of social welfare in Russia, Problems of Post-Communism (2009)

President Vladimir Putin has presided over a sustained mood of backlash against democracy promotion and...


Public Anthropology and the Paradoxes of Participation: Participatory Action Research in Russia, Human Organization (2007)

This article contributes to discussions of a public anthropology by bringing participatory action research (PAR)...



Global Civil Society and the Local Costs of Belonging: Defining 'Violence Against Women' in Russia, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (2004)

This article contributes to scrutiny of feminist transnationalism by providing an ethnographic investigation of one...




Empowering Women in Russia: Activism, Aid and NGOs (2007)

Julie Hemment's engrossing study traces the development encounter through interactions between international foundations and Russian...