Meet the Team

EricEric Shiraev is a professor, researcher, and author. He earned his academic degrees at St. Petersburg University in Russia and completed a post-doctoral program in the United States at UCLA. He is an author, co-author and co-editor of fourteen books and numerous publications in the fields of international relations, government, political psychology and cross-cultural studies. In his works, he develops a distinct multi-disciplinary approach to foreign policy and political behavior and emphasizes the role of culture and identity in politics. Besides teaching and research, Eric Shiraev writes opinion essays for the media and lectures around the world.

Sergei SamoilenkoSergei Samoilenko is a public relations instructor in the Department of Communication at George Mason University. He is the past president of the Eurasian Communication Association of North America. His professional service is focused on bridging academic and professional communities in the areas of crisis communication, public relations and Eurasian studies. He developed and organized numerous workshops and webinars on strategic communication in the US and internationally. Sergei’s new research focuses on issues in character assassination and reputation management in public relations.

IcksMartijn Icks is a Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD thesis was published under the title The Crimes of Elagabalus: The Life and Legacy of Rome’s Decadent Boy Emperor (2011). His current research interests include the visibility of Roman imperial power and character assassination from a historical perspective.



Keohane_headshotJennifer Keohane is an assistant professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore. She has a PhD in rhetoric from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she wrote her dissertation about the feminist activism of American Communist women during the early Cold War. She’s especially interested in red-baiting as a form of character assassination.


Mikayla Knutson is an undergraduate researcher currently studying at Rice University. She comes to us from previous experiences as a former congressional intern, a docent at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum in Los Angeles, and a 2018 James A. Baker Institute fellow. Mikayla’s current research interests focus on the intersection of history and public memory of historical figures. To learn more about Mikayla’s research and her accolades, you can read more about her experience in her own words here.


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