The ILLSP is led by Marlene Laruelle, Research Professor and Director of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES). Prof. Laruelle have widely published on Russia’s ideological landscape and Russia’s illiberal outreach in Europe with Oxford, Pittsburgh, and John Hopkins University Presses, Routledge, Palgrave/McMillan. Her latest book, Is Russia Fascist? Unraveling Propaganda East West, will be published by Cornell University Press in February 2021. Her new research project is devoted to illiberalism as a new grassroots political culture in Europe, with a focus on France, Italy, and Germany, and the transnational links to both the US and Russia. She teaches “Nationalisms in Eurasia” and “Illiberal Politics and Populism in Europe”.

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Maria Snegovaya (Ph.D., Columbia University) is an IERES Visiting Scholar at George Washington University, a PPE postdoctoral scholar at Virginia Tech and a Fellow at Center for European Policy Analysis. She is a comparative politics, international relations, and statistical methods specialist. Her research interests include party politics, political behavior, political economy and political sociology. The key focus of her research is democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe, as well as Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Her research results and analysis have appeared in policy and peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of DemocracyDemocratizationPost-Soviet Affairs and the Washington Post‘s political science blog the Monkey Cage. Her research has been referenced in publications such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Economist, and Foreign Policy.


Julian G. Waller is a Ph.D Candidate at George Washington University and an Associate Research Analyst in the Russia Studies Program at the Center for Naval Analyses. His research focuses on political institutions in authoritarian regimes, non-democratic regimes in historical perspective, and illiberal politics in Western democracies. His work has been published in the International Journal of Constitutional Law, Russland-Analysen, Russian Analytical Digest, Baltic Worlds, and Riddle.
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John Chrobak obtained his MA in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. He specialized in U.S. Foreign Policy and Eurasian Politics focusing particularly on regional politics and security in Eurasia. He has previous experience working in the D.C. think tank community including at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and at the Atlantic Council where he worked on a project analyzing the security, ecological, and humanitarian consequences of the war in the Donbas with particular attention to information narratives and the destabilizing effects of misinformation and disinformation. He holds a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from McGill University in Canada.