Gulnaz Sharafutdinova has been an important asset for the East European Studies program for many years now. Responsible for the development of the module Introduction and Tools, she plays an important role in creating a solid basis for students of East European Studies and facilitating their access to an adequate analytical approach in the field.
Sharafutdinova holds a PhD in Political Science from George Washington University and specialized in Post-Communism and Democratization. Her impressive list of publications on Russian politics from a comparative perspective shows her deep understanding of the Russian political system. The political aspects of the Tatarstan region in relation to Post-communist Russia are also a strong focus of her research and round up Sharafutdinova’s profile as a specialist in Eastern Europe. Thus indeed her work is an enriching contribution to the quality of the East European Studies program.
In 2013, Sharafutdinova joined the King’s College Russia Institute as a senior lecturer for the modules Politics, Identities and Institutions in Russia’s Regions and Russian Policy and Society Dissertation. Before that, she taught as associate professor of political science and international studies at Miami University in Ohio and was an associate at the highly-regarded Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.
At the Center for Global Politics, Sharafutdinova brings her expertise to the East European Studies program by addressing fundamental definitions of the region and its most relevant aspects and targeting specific methods to unfold them. The key component of the introductory module consists of providing students with analytical tools that enable them to comprehend and challenge established ideas, take over critical perspectives and apply practical approaches, creating a stable ground for the substantial content of the coming modules. Currently, Sharafutdinova is working on the revision and update of the Introduction and Tools module for the program’s 2015 launch in October.