Julie Hemment



B.A., University of Cambridge, 1990; M.A., Cornell University, 1996; Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000.

Area(s) of Specialization:

Russia, gender, youth and post-socialism, anthropology of NGOs, civil society and democracy promotion, social welfare and citizenship, and feminist, participatory and collaborative methodologies

Research Description:

My research focuses on issues of gender, youth, and citizenship in postsocialist Russia. My first book, Empowering Women in Russia: Aid, NGOs and Activism (Indiana University Press, 2007), traced the development encounter between Russian women’s groups and international aid agencies via an account of a participatory action research project with activists in provincial Tver’.  A second major research project - supported by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, IREX, and the National Science Foundation – examined the controversial nationalist youth projects that proliferated in Russia in the Putin era (2005-2011). My second book, Youth Politics in Putin’s Russia: Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs (Indiana University Press, 2015) examines some of these projects ethnographically, exploring both the forces that prompted them and the motivation of their participants. My current research and writing focuses on political satire.

Key Publications:


2015    Youth Politics in Putin’s Russia: Producing Patriots and Entrepreneurs.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

2007a  Empowering Women in Russia: Activism, Aid and NGOs.  New Anthropologies of Europe. Daphne Berdahl, Matti Bunzl and Michael Herzfeld, series editors.  Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press

Articles & Chapters

2019    “Je Suis Satisfaction:” Russian politics in the Age of Hybrid Media and Democracy,” (co-authored with Alina Ryabovalova), East European Politics. (accepted, June 2019)

2018    “Arousing Patriotism: Anna Chapman and the Curious Case of the Sexy Spy,” Russian Performances: Word, Object, Action pp.165-174 (editors Julie Buckler, Boris Wolfson, Julie Cassiday), University of Wisconsin Press

2017    “Red Scares and Orange Mobilizations: a critical anthropological perspective on the Russian Hacking Scandal,” Slavic Review online forum, Russian Influence in 2016 US Presidential Elections, July/August 2017

2012a  “Nashi, Youth Voluntarism and Potemkin NGOs: Making sense of civil society in post-Soviet Russia,” Slavic Review 71(2): 234-260

2012b  “Redefining need, reconfiguring expectations: the rise of state-run youth voluntarism programs in Russia,” Anthropological Quarterly 85(2): 519-554

.Curriculum Vitae