Laura A. Henry
Laura A. Henry (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2004; BA, Wellesley College 1993) is an assistant professor in the Department of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. Dr. Henry teaches courses on contemporary Russian politics, Central and Eastern Europe, the European Union, social movements and political change, civil society, and democracy. Her work has appeared in Demokratizatsiya, Post-Soviet Affairs, and Global Environmental Politics. She is the co-editor (with Alfred B. Evans, Jr. and Lisa McInstosh Sundstrom) of the volume Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M.E. Sharpe, 2006).
While in Russia, Dr. Henry will be affiliated with the Center for Independent Social Research in St. Petersburg. She will be studying how members of the public have participated in and responded to reforms in Russia’s housing and health sectors, paying particular attention to the role of protest in attracting public scrutiny to elements of the reform process that were not widely debated. Why are some citizens more likely to protest than others and is protest an effective means of gaining redress? The project will also consider whether public mobilization in response to state social service reform has any implications for broader political practices in Russia, such as electoral politics and state-society relations.