Carrie Gates | February 10, 2017
In her academic research, Debra Javeline leads two lives.
She is passionate about sustainability—and how post-Communist Russia is perceived.
She is focused on coastal adaptation to climate change—and on the response to political violence in a small Russian town.
An associate professor in Notre Dame’s Department of Political Science, Javeline is pursuing multiple projects in two distinct research areas—one focused on politics, conflict, and protest in Russia and the other involving the environment and sustainability.
“I always joke that in the language of my new field, my lifestyle is unsustainable,” she said. “But when you have these two passions, it’s very hard to give up one in the name of pursuing the other.
“I’m excited about all the projects. So for now, I’m living in both worlds.”
A civil society
A faculty fellow in the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Javeline has built a career focused on Russian politics.
She is the author of Protest and the Politics of Blame: The Russian Response to Unpaid Wages (University of Michigan Press, 2003) and numerous articles on both Russian politics and global environmental issues.
Javeline is currently writing a book, After Violence: The Beslan School Massacre and the Peace that Followed, which deals with the tragic aftermath of a violent hostage-taking at a school in Beslan, Russia, in 2004.