Stephen E. Hanson, vice provost for international affairs and director of the Reves Center for International Studies at the College of William & Mary, has been elected president of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
Hanson will serve a three-year term, beginning in 2013 as vice president/president elect, continuing in 2014 as president, and concluding in 2015 as immediate past president. All three roles are represented on the ASEEES Board of Directors.
ASEEES is a nonprofit, non-political, scholarly society, and is the leading private organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about the former Soviet Union (including Eurasia) and Eastern and Central Europe. The Association has approximately 3,500 members and subscribers in the United States and abroad, and publishes the scholarly journal Slavic Review: Interdisciplinary Quarterly of Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies.
The organization supports teaching, research, and publication relating to Slavic, East-Central European and Eurasian studies nationally and internationally. Its representatives serve on such bodies as the U.S. State Department's Advisory Committee for Studies of Eastern Europe and the Independent States of the former Soviet Union, and the International Council for Central and East European Studies. The Association is also a constituent society of the American Council of Learned Societies.
Prior to arriving at William & Mary, Dr. Hanson was a faculty member in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle from 1990 to 2011, where he also served as the Director of the Ellison Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies at the Jackson School of International Studies from 2000-2008.
He is the author or numerous works on communist and post-communist politics in comparative perspective including Time and Revolution which received the 1998 Wayne S. Vucinich book award from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (now ASEEES).
Hanson has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard, a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, and a Research Scholar at the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.
“I am honored beyond words to be selected by the membership of ASEEES as the organization’s next president-elect,” Hanson said. “At a time when regional and area studies approaches face serious threats to their funding and place in academia, organizations like ASEEES are more important than ever. I eagerly look forward to taking on this important leadership role.”