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Exploring Interest for Pioneer Travel to Russia

We have begun planning an extraordinary Pioneer Travel adventure to Russia, scheduled to take place in Fall 2021. We hope you will consider traveling with us!

Trip Length: 10 - 12 days

Group Size: 16 - 24

Cost: TBD

More information will populate this webpage in the coming weeks. If you are interested in learning more about this trip, please fill out this interest form. We will contact you with more details just as soon as plans solidify.

If you have any questions, please contact Andrew McPheeters, Associate Vice President of Alumni, Parent, and Student Engagement at or 503-768-7936.

Faculty Leader: Leah Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Leah Gilbert’s research and teaching interests include democratization, civil society, authoritarianism, post-communist politics (with an emphasis on Russia), and European politics (with an emphasis on Germany).  She speaks German and Russian and has conducted intensive fieldwork in both languages. 

Gilbert, along with Payam Mohseni, is the author of an article that introduces a new conceptual map and taxonomy for hybrid regimes published by Studies in Comparative International Development (September 2011). An earlier version received recognition in the form of the Honorable Mention, Sage Paper Award for Best Qualitative Methods Paper Presented at the American Political Science Association, 2009.  In addition, she has published several articles on the development and impact of civil society on democracy in Russia and Europe.  Currently her research explores the legal regulation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in nondemocratic regimes. This research includes the development of a unique system of measurement of legal regulatory barriers for NGOs. These measures are available for download at:

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