13.07.2012


Christine Jacobson
Receives Vestnik Jury Award

For Immediate Release

The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Christine Jacobson as the recipient of the $200 Jury Prize from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 11th issue.

Vestnik encourages students to study any subject related to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Vestnik also encourages students to develop original ideas on their subject matter and to back those ideas with solid arguments and evidence drawn from original research.

In her work entitled ""Against All:" Protest Voting in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan," Ms. Jacobson examines protest voting in Kyrgyzstan's first elections held under its new constitution and shortly after a revolution and ethnic rioting threatened to tear the small Central Asian state apart. Based upon a statistical analysis of primary source data, Ms. Jacobson gives clear and reasoned arguments to show how urbanity, education, ethnicity, and exposure to violence all affected Kyrgyz voting patterns and where those patterns are most concentrated. The result is a highly useful, accessible, and pertinent contribution to anyone hoping to understand this small but geopolitically important state better - and a truly exceptional work by an undergraduate student.

The Vestnik Editorial Board applauds Christine Jacobson, currently a senior in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, and wishes her continued success in the future.

The board also thanks the other contributors of this 11th issue of Vestnik, including Thomas Luly, Megan Fitzpatrick, Ilya Zlatkin, and Christopher Johnson for their exceptional research and their hard work in working with the board and each other to revise and improve their papers to create this issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies.



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