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. 



Youth Politics in Putin's Russia: Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs (2015)

Julie Hemment provides a fresh perspective on the controversial nationalist youth projects that have proliferated...



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...




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...