Vera Kuklina is a Research Professor at the Geography Department, George Washington University and Senior Research Associate at the V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography of the Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. Her research interests include urbanization of indigenous people, traditional land use, socio-ecological systems, cultural geographies of infrastructure and remoteness. Among the recent publications there are “Power of rhythms – trains and work along the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) in Siberia” (with co-authors Povoroznyuk O., Saxinger G., Polar Geography, 2019, 1) and “The roads of the Sayan Mountains: Theorizing remoteness in eastern Siberia” (with co-author Holland, E.C. Geoforum, 2018, 88). Dr. Kuklina currently leads a project, entitled "Informal Roads: The Impact of Unofficial Transportation Routes on Remote Arctic Communities." This project is aimed at detailed interdisciplinary analysis of the overall impact of informal roads on Arctic environment and economic, social, and cultural wellbeing of local communities.
RSW Visiting Scholar, Fall 2019