Jason Smart (USA) Director
Martina Klicperova (USA/Czech Republic)
Alex Tyson (USA) Public Relations
Anton Galitsky (Russia)
Dr. Martijn Icks (Germany) Co-Chair
Martijn Icks (1981) is a fellow at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. His current research focuses on imperial representation in late antiquity and the (critical) responses from contemporaries it generated, specifically under the emperors Arcadius and Honorius.
Icks has studied at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where he earned his PhD cum laude in 2008 on a thesis about the notorious Roman emperor Elagabalus (r. 218-222). His thesis has been published by IB Tauris (UK) and Harvard University Press (USA) under the title “The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor”.
Dr. Eric Shiraev (USA) Co-Chair
Eric Shiraev is a professor and author of twelve books and numerous publications in the fields of comparative studies, international relations, political psychology, and history of science. His books include Russian Government and Politics (2010), A History of Psychology (2011), Counting Every Vote (2008), America: Sovereign Defender or Cowboy Nation?(2005), Cross-Cultural Psychology (2009, Fourth Edition), and The Russian Transformation (1999). In his publications, he develops a multidisciplinary approach to human behavior and experience.
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Alicia Hooper (USA)
Alicia Hooper is a graduate student at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA. She earned her B.A. in Government and International Politics in May 2012 currently pursing an M.A. in Political Science. Her activities as an undergraduate included membership in two honor societies, membership in the George Mason Russian Club, and a position as an orientation leader. As a graduate student, she plans to volunteer in her local community and aspires to pursue a career in the United States federal government.