My Name is Tatsiana Kulakevich, and I am Lecturer in the School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Research Fellow and Affiliate Faculty at the Institute on Russia at the University of South Florida.

My research focuses on international political economy, migration, and ethnic politics. My specialties include Comparative Politics, International Relations, Eastern European politics, and Quantitative Methods.

My analyses appeared in media and academic journals, including The Monkey Cage - Washington Post, The Conversation, The Globe Post, The New Eastern Europe, SAIS Review, and East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures.

My email is: tkulakevich@usf.edu


Peer-Reviewed Articles and Book Chapters

Kulakevich, T. and Kubik, J. (under review) "Anti-authoritarian learning: an examination of the prospects for democratization in Belarus based on a study of Polish Solidarity." Nationalities Papers.

Kulakevich, T. and Augsburger, A. (forthcoming) "Contested Elections, Protest, and Regime Stability: Comparing Belarus and Bolivia." Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Kulakevich, T. published online on June 1, 2021. "Courting Diaspora for FDI: The Conditional Nature of Diaspora Engagement." International Migration.

Kulakevich, T. 2020. "National Awakening in Belarus: Elite Ideology to ‘Nation’ Practice." SAIS Review of International Affairs. 40(2): 97-110.

Kulakevich, T. 2018. “Belarus in the Congressional Record, 1873-1994.” Journal of Belarusian Studies, 8(2): 32-46.

Kulakevich, T. and Charnysh, V. 2017. “Belarusian Political Parties: Organizational Structures and Practices.” In Kosowska-Gastol & Borowiec (eds.) Organizational Structures of Political Parties in Central and Eastern European Countries. Jagiellonian University Press, 41-58.

Kulakevich, T., 2014. “Twenty Years in the Making: Understanding the Difficulty for Change in Belarus.” East European Politics and Societies: and Cultures, 28(4): 887-901.

Reviews, Translations, Editing

Kulakevich, T. (forthcoming). Review of R. Hervouet’s "A Taste for Oppression: Political Ethnography of Everyday Life in Belarus”. Canadian Slavonic Papers.

Kulakevich, T. 2016. Review of M. Balmaceda’s "Living the High Life in Minsk: Russian Energy Rents, Domestic Populism and Belarus’ Impending Crisis”. The Journal of Eurasian Studies, 7(2):220.

Kipel Z. 2014. “Development of Book Studies in Belarus,” 1917-1935 (T. Kulakevich and V. Ermashkevish, Trans.). In Belarusian Book in Context of the World Book Culture. Minsk: Medial, 123-134.

Public Affairs Analyses

"Belarus plane hijacking snarls Biden’s hopes to repair strained US-Russia relationship." The Conversation, June 3, 2021.

"Russia: Is jailing the opposition a good way to win?" The New Eastern Europe, March 9, 2021.

"Belarus’ embattled leader secretly inaugurated himself, sparking new protests and global backlash." The Conversation, September 28, 2020.

"Belarus, explained: How Europe’s last dictator could fall." The Conversation, August 20, 2020.

"Belarus’s president looks for his sixth election victory on Sunday. He has a well-used playbook to win." The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), August 8, 2020.

"The Belarus government is largely ignoring the pandemic. Here’s why." The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), April 21, 2020.

"Pompeo to Visit Minsk: Why Is the US Defrosting Ties With Belarus?" The Globe Post, January 31, 2020.

"Belarus and the U.S. Decided to Restore Ties After 11 years of 'Frozen' Relations. Here’s Why." NYU Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, October 16, 2019.

"Will Belarus’ IT Strategy Loosen Russia’s Tightening Grip?" The Globe Post, February 6, 2019.

"Why is Belarus cracking down on independent journalists — and the Internet?" The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), August 15, 2018.

"Why would authoritarian Belarus liberalize cryptocurrencies?" The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), January 25, 2018.

“Quality of Gender Equality in Belarus,” Belarus Digest, 5 January, 2016.

“Humanism or Political Calculation: Why Did Lukashenka Pardon Political Prisoners?” Belarus Digest, 24 August, 2015.

“Belarus-EU Thaw: Will It Last This Time?” Belarus Digest, 31 July, 2015.

“Belarus’s President Has Scheduled the Next Election. Has He Already Won His Fifth Term?” The Washington Post (The Monkey Cage), July 15, 2015.

“Investment Climate in Belarus: Room For Growth”, Belarus Digest, 10 July, 2015.

“Political Parties in Belarus: Do They Really Matter?” Belarus Digest, 16 June, 2015.

“Sanctions, Peace Talks, Bologna Process: Is There Hope for Change?” Belarus Digest, 18 May, 2015.

“The Ice World Hockey Championship As A Tool For Propaganda.” Belarus Digest, 12 June, 2014.




POS6746 Quantitative Analysis I

Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021

POS6918 Quantitative Methods

Spring 2019, Spring 2020


POS3713 Empirical Political Analysis

Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, Fall 2021

EUS3000 Politics of Europe

Fall 2019

INR4931 Politics of Eastern Europe

Fall 2018, Fall 2019, Fall 2020



790:300 Introduction to Political Science Methods

Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

790:101 Nature of Politics, TA

Spring 2017

790:102 Introduction to International Relations, TA

Spring 2016, Fall 2017

790:103 Introduction to Comparative Politics, TA

Fall 2013, Spring 2014

790:106 Law and Politics, TA

Spring 2018


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