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McCarthy Receives Kennan Institute Fellowship

Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has received a Kennan Institute Fellowship which will allow her to spend the Spring 2013 semester in residence at the Wilson Center in Washington DC. McCarthy will use this time to write a book about how Russian law enforcement agencies have responded to human trafficking.

The topic is one for which McCarthy has already been recognized. Her dissertation, "Trafficking (In)justice: Law Enforcement's Response to Human Trafficking in Russia," recently won the prestigious 2012 Corwin Award from the American Political Science Association for the Best Dissertation in Public Law.

At UMass, Professor McCarthy is expanding this research to explore policing practices in relation to human trafficking and slave labor in the Russian Federation, and she is working on a project about Russians' attitudes towards and experiences with law enforcement agencies.

The Kennan Institute seeks to "[bridge] the gap between the world of ideas and the world of public affairs by bringing scholars and governmental specialists together to discuss political, social, and economic issues affecting Russia and other successor states to the Soviet Union, seeking always to place these issues within their historical context." It is a non-partisan institution which "organizes seminars, workshops, briefings, and conferences featuring prominent scholars and policymakers from America, Russia, and other successor states to the Soviet Union with experience in shaping U.S.-Russian policy."


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