Veronica V. Usacheva

Contact info:
30/1 Spiridonovka St., 123001 Moscow, Russia
Tel.: +7 (495) 691-41-19
Fax: +7 (495) 697-19-54
E-mail: veronius@mail.ru

Academic degree:
PhD, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Cultural Anthropology

Education:
2000 – PhD in Political Sciences from the Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Ph.D. thesis: “Functioning of Mass Media during Social and Political Crises (A Comparative Study of Russia and South Africa, 80-90ss XX cent.)”.
1995 – MA in Political Sciences from the Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow. MA thesis: “Political Socialisation in Modern Russia”
2007 – Alumna of the Summer University program of the Central European University (CEU), course “Media Globalization and Post-communist European Identities”.
1996 – Alumna of the TASIS TEMPUS Program at the Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Sciences. Specialization: «Sociology of Mass Communication».

Language competence:
Fluent: English.
Limited knowledge: French.

Scholarly experience:
2008 – present – Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Centre of History and Cultural Anthropology
2002 – 2006 – Head, Department of International and Public Relations, Institute for African Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
1998 – 2008 – Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Civilizational and Regional Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences
2005 – 2007 – Visiting Scholar, Centre for Russian, Central Asian and East European Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
April 2004 – Visiting Scholar at the African Studies Centre, Faculty of Social Science of the University of Leiden
2003 – Fieldwork “Islam and Christianity in Western Africa: historical legacy and modern state” in Tanzania. Special part of research – “Tanzanian Mass Media in multicultural society”.

Teaching experience:
2001 –2004 – Senior Lecturer at the School of History, Political Science and Law, Russian State University for Humanities (RSUH).
Courses:
“Introduction in Communication Studies”,
“Global Informational Processes”,
“Modern Russian Press-Service”,
“Social and Psychological Aspects of Advertising Communication”.
Assistant Professor in Psychology of Mass Communication.

Participation in research programs:
- Federal program “Creation of the tolerance attitudes and preventive measures against extremism in Russian society” 2001-2005
- Cross-cultural adaptation in modern Russian megapolis. March 2003 – march 2004. Head of the project
- Russian State Scientific Foundation grants project: Africa’s perception in Russia. Evolution Africa’s image in mass media coverage – 2006 - 2009