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Volha Charnysh

Past Graduate Student Affiliate


Volha Charnysh

Volha Charnysh is a PhD student in government at Harvard University. Her dissertation explores the long-term effects of forced migration on political preferences and behavior. She examines how resettled communities in Central and Eastern Europe reached new cooperative equilibria following WWII and an exogenous shock to their ethnic makeup and social structure. The purpose is to understand the mechanisms of cultural and institutional persistence, transmission, and change. Her other work focuses on the relationship between identity and pro-social behavior.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • PhD Student in Government, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University