Polina Erofeeva is a Fulbright visiting researcher at PSU. She is a doctoral candidate at Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, which is among Portland State partner universities. This academic year at PSU she is completing her doctoral dissertation on US human rights advocacy groups and teaching courses on post-Soviet regime change, and Russian politics. Her research interests include post-communist transitions an democratization, Russian politics and government, and US-Russia relations. Prior to joining PSU she worked at the University of Magdeburg, Germany, and Higher School of Economics, Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, teaching courses on Russian politics and comparative post-communism.