Elena Berdysheva is a sociologist and a senior researcher at the Laboratory for Economic and Sociological Research of the National Research University–Higher School of Economics in Moscow. In 2006 she received a master’s degree and in 2010 a Candidate of Science degree; her dissertation was entitled “Price-Formation in Medicine as a Social Process: The Example of the Moscow Dental Market.” She serves on the editorial board of the electronic journal Ekonomicheskaia sotsiologiia. Her research interests include sociology of markets, commodification and marketization of vital goods, sociology of market value, sociology of medicine, and qualitative methods in sociological research. She is the author of several articles on these topics.

    Alexander Bikbov is an associate fellow at the Maurice Halbwachs Research Centre (Paris) and vice-director of the Centre for Contemporary Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Philosophy Department of Moscow State University. His current research areas include perceptions and legitimacy of social inequalities in modern societies, sociology of cultural production, history of the social sciences in the post–World War II period, and sociology of university reforms and research policy in the 1990s. In recent years he has also supervised collaborative projects, anthologies, and workshops in these fields.

    Timur Bocharov holds a master’s degree in sociology from the European University at St. Petersburg. He graduated from the Department of Sociology of Kazan State University in 2007 and from the Department of Law of the same university in 2008. He is currently working as a lawyer. His research interests include ethnomethodology, sociology of law, and sociology of science. He participated in the collaborative project “Institutional Dynamics, Economic Adaptation, and Points of Intellectual Growth in a Local Academic Community: Sociology in Saint Petersburg after 1985” (directed by Mikhail Sokolov), the results of which were published in Zhurnal sotsiologii i sotsial’noi antropologii in 2010.

    Alexander Fudin is a graduate student at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and a participant in the Independent Research Initiative. His scientific interests include election observers, ethnic masculinity, North Caucasus, migration, gender studies, and sociological research methodology. He has published several articles on these topics.

    Amy Garey is a PhD student in anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her current research concerns comedy, discourse analysis, poetics in performance, and moral subjectivity. She is the author of several articles in these fields.

    Chad Alan Goldberg is a professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research interests include American political development, the sociology of citizenship, and social theory. He is the author of Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen’s Bureau to Workfare (University of Chicago Press, 2007). He is currently working on a book about modernity and the Jews in French, German, and American social theory.

    Anna Grigoryeva is a PhD candidate in the Division of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge, where she also received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She currently translates for the Russian-language journal Sociology of Power. In 2009–2010 she was a cofounding editor of the international student journal Imponderabilia (

    Anastasiya Kalk is a senior majoring in sociology at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and a student at the Rodchenko Moscow Photography and Multimedia School (class of Sergei Bratkov). She is a participant in the Independent Research Initiative, as well as the laboratory “Creative City” at the Centre for Independent Social Research in Saint Petersburg. She is interested in visual sociology and the sociology of social movements and participation.

    Dmitry Kozlov is a graduate student in Russian history at Northern (Arctic) Federal University. He graduated from the Department of History of Pomorskii State University in 2009. His research interests include the history of Soviet dissent and history and sociology of youth. He has published several articles on these topics in Russian and English.

    Olga Nikolaeva is a sociologist, freelancing for consulting companies in Paris. She graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University with a degree in sociology and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne where she majored in management. She is a coauthor of “Le guerrier pacifique. Le cas d’un apprentissage de la vie par un élève qui pensait savoir mais qui ne savait rien” (with Héloïse Cloet, forthcoming in Théorie des organisations: les cas pratiques). Her research interests are mediation, mobilization and collective action, and the construction of marginality.

    Tatiana Shchurko is a sociologist and an independent researcher. She graduated from Belarusian State University with a degree in psychology in 2006 and from the master’s program in gender studies at the European Humanities University in 2008. In 2011 she completed an informal post-graduate program at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania. Her research interests include sociology of the body and sexuality and critical gender analysis of educational systems. She is the author of several articles on these topics. Since 2011 she has been a participant in the project “Gender, Sexuality, and Power” in the program on Higher Education Support Regional Seminars for Excellence in Teaching (ReSET HESP).


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