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Volha Charnysh

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Volha Charnysh

Volha Charnysh is an assistant professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in government from Harvard University. Her research focuses on historical political economy, legacies of violence, and nation - and state-building in diverse societies. Her ongoing book project, Migration, Diversity, and Economic Development, examines the legacies of migration and the resulting cultural heterogeneity for long-run economic development. Her work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and the European Journal of International Relations.


  • Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT
  • Local Affiliate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University