In this portrait series, we introduce our 2017 GSGP successful and prospective graduates. In this article we congratulate Elena Soboleva on successfully completing our PhD Program.
News from Jan 12, 2018
The Graduate School of Global Politics (GSGP) gives each PhD candidate the opportunity to embark on their very own journey by completing the program at Freie Universität Berlin and at one of its renowned Chinese Partner Universities. It is a pioneer concept since the GSGP is the first bi-national German-Chinese PhD program in social sciences, where candidates take their research from one continent to another. Another distinct feature of this program is the possibility to gain in-depth knowledge of theories and methodology in international relations and an understanding for what it means to approach a research-oriented career from a truly global perspective.
When our graduates complete their degree, we like to take a look back at their achievements and what is up next for them. Elena Soboleva is the latest graduate, who wrote her dissertation on the topic “Domestic Sources of Passive Support for Ethnic Conflict in Neighbouring States”. She has explored how bordering states become involved in ethnic conflicts occurring across their national border by providing passive support to the given ethnic minority.
Her PhD journey was spread over the course of five years in total mainly due to the fact that Elena Soboleva started working as a lecturer in the National Research University Higher School of Economics in St. Petersburg during her fourth year in the GSGP. She has been teaching a number of courses in international relations and politics of East Asia. After her graduation from GSGP, she plans to continue working there and to keep on researching international security, ethnic conflicts and transnational issues in East Asia.
We are excited to find out what the future holds for Elena Soboleva.
We wish her all the best and thank her for her dedication to the GSGP program!