Olesya Tkacheva is a doctoral candidate at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor pursuing a joint Ph.D. in political science and public policy. Her dissertation, titled All about Water, examines how governments at the national, subnational, and local levels build policy regimes that regulate the provision and distribution of this natural resource. During her Fulbright Fellowship in Russia she will study the role municipal and regional governments play in implementing federal policies related to the provision of drinking water.
Ms. Tkacheva holds a B.A. with summa cum laude in political science and economics from Hunter College, City University of New York. As an undergraduate, she co-authored an article in the International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society on the role Herbert Hoover played in creating new model of state-economy relations in the United States during the 1920s. She also worked as a research assistant to Professor Howard Chernick, Department of Economics, Hunter College on projects related to fiscal federalism and the relationship between the U.S. cities and suburbs.
She is a winner of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholarship, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association Research Grant and other awards.