MTSU professors join international scholars in Rus...

MTSU professors join international scholars in Russia

Three MTSU professors shared their expertise with the world’s top political scientists, analysts and policy makers at a conference hosted by National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia.

The topic of the April 12 event was “Migration in Host Countries: Social Constraints, Cultural Context and Political Consequences.”

Dr. Barbara Turnage

Dr. Kathleen Darby

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor of political science at MTSU, has conducted extensive research into the flow of intellectuals out of Russia following the breakup of the Soviet Union and the cultural and political impact of the flow of people among the former Soviet republics.

At the conference, Korobkov explored the United States and Russia’s respective problems with migration policy. He also chaired a panel discussion on mass-media coverage of migration problems.

Dr. Kathleen Darby, assistant professor of social work, spoke on health care strategies for dealing with Russian migrant workers.

Dr. Barbara Turnage, professor of social work, tackled the topic of migrant Russian families’ mental health needs.

In addition to the United States and Russia, researchers at the conference hailed from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Austria and Israel.

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