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Bystydzienski appointed director of Slavic Center

Jill BystydzienskiJill Bystydzienski, professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, has been named director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) effective September 1. Bystydzienski will oversee the center’s promotion of the interdisciplinary study of the Baltics, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia and Russia, and the administration of a master’s degree in Slavic and East European Studies. CSEES is also home to the Polish Studies Initiative and the Slovene Research Institute. The center is one of Ohio State’s federally funded Title VI National Resource Centers, which fosters education in area studies and awards Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship grants.

Bystydzienski succeeds Joe Brandesky, the Martha W. Farmer endowed professor in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State Lima, who led the center for the past two years. As the incoming director Bystydzienski brings area expertise and strong leadership skills to advance the mission of the Slavic Center. Her research examines barriers to the advancement of diverse girls and women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. She is a co-principal investigator on two National Science Foundation grants that focus on women in the sciences and engineering. In autumn 2015, she conducted research on gender and STEM in Poland under a Fulbright Senior Research Award. She also has done work on women, gender and politics in international and global perspective, with politics broadly defined to encompass established political institutions and women's movements, organizations, and actions. Her most recent research in this area focuses on women’s movements and feminisms in post-Soviet countries. Between 2006 and 2015, Bystydzienski chaired the Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State.

The CSEES is supported by the Office of International Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.