Close menu Resources for... William & Mary
William & Mary W&M menu close William & Mary

Russia's Invasion of Ukraine: On the Ground, in the Media and in the Region

The Reves Center, Global Research Institute and Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program present a panel discussion moderated by Steve Hanson, Vice Provost of Academic and International Affairs.


  • Special Guest: Ivan Gomza, Head of Public Policy and Governance Department, Kyiv School of Economics
  • Elena Prokhorova, Professor of Russian Studies
  • Alexander Prokhorov, Professor of Russian Studies
  • Paula Pickering, Professor of Government

Registration is online.


Dr. Ivan Gomza Dr. Ivan Gomza is Head of Public Policy and Governance Department at Kyiv School of Economics. Trained as a political scientist, he received his Ph.D. in 2012 after studying at the Joint Franco-Ukrainian Ph.D. Program at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Later, Dr. Gomza was a German fellow of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in 2013 and the Fulbright Faculty Development Program in 2016-2017 when he visited William & Mary.

Dr. Gomza’s scholarly interests comprise democratization, authoritarian regimes, contentious politics, and good governance. Dr. Gomza had his articles published in international academic journals (e.g. Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity). He also authored two books, his most recent title is The Republic of Decadent Days: Ideology of French Integral Nationalism under the Third Republic (Kyiv: Krytyka, 2021). Since October 2019, Dr. Gomza has been a member of PONARS Eurasia, a scholarly network advancing new approaches to research on security, politics, economics, and society in Eurasia. He also sits on the Communist and Post-Communist Studies journal editorial board. Dr. Gomza frequently gives public lectures for various NGOs and think-tanks.

Elena Prokhorova studies Soviet and post-Soviet television, visual representations of national identity, and genre and gender theory. She teaches courses in Russian language, and literary and cultural courses on 19th and 20th century Russian literature, media and communism, and contemporary Russian television.

Alexander Prokhorov's research interests include Russian visual culture, genre theory, and film history.  He is a co-editor of Cinemasaurus: Russian Film in Contemporary Context (with Nancy Condee and Elena Prokhorova, Academic Studies Press 2020), a co-author of Film and Television Genres of the Late Soviet Era (co-authored with Elena Prokhorova, Bloomsbury 2017), author of Inherited Discourse: Paradigms of Stalinist Culture in Literature and Cinema of the Thaw (Akademicheskii proekt, 2007) and the editor of Springtime for Soviet Cinema: Re/viewing the 1960s (Pittsburgh Film Symposium, 2001).

His articles and reviews have been published in Journal of Film and Video, Kinokultura, Russian Review, Slavic Review, Slavic & East European Journal, Senses of Cinema, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review (, Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, Art of Cinema (Iskusstvo kino), and Wiener Slawistische Almanach.

Professor Pickering’s current, collaborative research focuses on the evolving nature of civic activism in the post-communist region and its impact on political and social outcomes. Earlier collaborative projects include studies of the impact of aid for democratization on local communities in culturally diverse South Eastern Europe and the impact of information on electoral accountability in Uganda. Additional research interests include ethnic politics, particularly in the Balkans, and statebuilding and refugee politics in post-conflict states in Eurasia. Through her mentorship of the award-winning international community engagement project, The American-Bosnian Collaboration (ABC) Project, she also supports student-led, collaborative research assessing informal educational activities that promote inter-cultural communication skills. Professor Pickering worked as an analyst on Eastern Europe and as a political officer in Turkmenistan for the State Department (1990-94). She has also served as a human rights officer for the Organization for Security in Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996) and as a volunteer for the Center for Non-violent Conflict Resolution in Nis, Serbia (1995).