The Joseph P. Kazickas Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale
for citizens of Lithuania
The Juris Padegs Research Fellowship at Yale
for citizens of Estonia or Latvia
Please see the Grants & Fellowships page for information about fellowship opportunities.
Current Fellows for 2017-2018
Fall 2017 Juris Padegs Visiting Assistant in Research
Andris Saulītis is a Ph.D. candidate in Social and Political Sciences at the European University Institute in Florence, and his completing his doctoral thesis on how individuals in current-day Latvia are coping with overindebtedness. He holds master’s degrees from Rīga Stradiņš University and the New School for Social Research (New York City), and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Latvia
At Yale Mr. Saulītis will continue work on his thesis, focusing on quantitative research methods in analyzing the data he has collected in Latvia on intrinsic motivations of compliance and on insolvency. He will also work on issues of recovery from financial crisis, especially social mechanisms, as well as legal solutions, to help households avoid and recover from financial distress. This will buttress his work already done on understanding variations in social norms and obligation fulfillment in Latvia. He will also study overindebtedness in the United States and in European Union states as comparisons to that in Latvia.
Fall 2017 Joseph P. Kazickas Postdoctoral Associate in European Studies
Arvydas Grišinas is a Researcher at Kaunas University of Technology and a Lecturer in Political Anthropology at the Vilnius Academy of Arts in Lithuania. His work centers on post-Soviet political identity formation in Central and Eastern Europe. He received his Ph.D. in Politics and Government from the University of Kent (Great Britain) in 2015, having finished his undergraduate education in History and Anthropology at Vilnius University.
Dr. Grišinas is completing a book titled Politics with a Human Face: Identity and Experience in Post-Soviet Europe, forthcoming from Routledge in 2018, that examines how identity formation, symbolism, historical narratives, political images, and other human factors shape politics in Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine and the rest of the post-Soviet European region.
Spring 2018 Juris Padegs Visiting Assistant in Research
Ardi Priks is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Central European University (Budapest). His work is on the political economy of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy reform. He holds a master’s degrees in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University and in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam. He finished his undergraduate education in Government and Politics at the University of Tartu (Estonia).
At Yale Mr. Priks will continue work on his thesis on the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, which is a significant aspect of the EU’s work. Expenditures through the CAP account for 40 percent of the EU budget and mainly go to farmers. However, CAP has been controversial as spending does not follow the principle of “public money for public goods” and because it is difficult to justify supporting – often wealthy – farmers’ incomes in a market economy in which entrepreneurs and, increasingly, workers in other sectors are also faced with the risk of gradual or rapid income decline. At Yale Mr. Priks will also study the European Union, its development, current institutions and operations, and projections for its future.
Prior to his arrival at in New Haven, Mr. Priks will have spent much of 2017 working at the Estonian Permanent Representation to the European Union, advising on agricultural policy and aiding the Estonian diplomatic corps in Brussels in connection with the Estonian Presidency of Council of the European Union (July to December 2017).