Jessica Pisano

Jessica Pisano is an Associate Professor of Politics at The New School for Social Research. Her research and teaching focus on the contemporary and twentieth century politics of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She conducts her research in Russia, Hungary, and Ukraine, where she is interested in the experiences of ordinary people who live far from capital cities. Much of her work focuses on the enclosure of public resources, the constitution of material and social power, and political and social processes of dispossession. She asks how shifts in political economy shape everyday people’s lives, and how those effects translate into changes in local, national, and global politics. Her research is interdisciplinary, drawing on archival sources as well as a variety of immersion-based methods, including participant-observation research.

Professor Pisano is the author of The Post-Soviet Potemkin Village: Politics and Property Rights in the Black Earth (Cambridge University Press, 2008), which received the Harvard University Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies in 2009. She is currently completing a book-length manuscript about political theater and the social foundations of regime legitimacy in Russia and Ukraine. She is also writing a history of property on a single street in Eastern Europe between 1938 and 2014.