Svetlana Stephenson is a Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University. She began her career at the Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (now the Levada Centre) and as a Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Essex. Among her books are Gangs of Russia. From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, Cornell University Press, 2015 (awarded the 2015 Alec Nove Prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, 2006 and Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Routledge, 2012 (co-edited with Charles Walker). In February 2018 Svetlana was selected by Current Sociology as their “Sociologist of the Month” for her article "It takes two to tango: The state and organized crime in Russia"
Svetlana plans to be at IU from August 20th to September 30th, 2018. While in residence she will work with Professor Padraic Kenney on the Soviet rituals of collective shaming and exclusion.
See the New Books Network for an interview of Svetlana by IU graduate student Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed.