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Conflict in Ukraine: UMD Experts Available

image ofUkraineprotest Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with Russian troops invading the country from the north, east and south, accompanied by air strikes and shelling. The offensive prompted a wave of sanctions from the U.S. and European governments. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

If you are a journalist covering the conflict in Ukraine, the University of Maryland has a number of faculty experts who can comment on the situation from a variety of perspectives. If interested in setting up an interview with one of the faculty members listed below, please contact

Specific expertise:

Sarah Oates, professor of journalism, is an expert on Russian propaganda.

Sarah Cameron, associate professor of history, is an expert on the USSR and Central Asia.

Mikhail Dolbilov, associate professor of history, is an expert on Russia and modern Europe and teaches an undergraduate course on the tangled histories of Russia and Ukraine.

Vladimir Tismaneanu, professor of government and politics, studies post-communist societies and can discuss the history of conflict in the region.

Sergii Skakun, an assistant professor of geography, runs a NASA satellite project monitoring land cover in Ukraine, and can speak to the effects of agricultural disruption in Ukraine and beyond as a result of the conflict.

Piotr Kosicki, associate professor of history, is a historian of Eastern Europe who has published multiple books on the communist and post-communist revolution.

Michael Faulkender, professor of finance, has expertise in banking and finance and can provide insight on financial sanctions against Russia.

Frank T. Goertner is a retired U.S. Navy commander and director for federal and veteran affairs for the Robert H. Smith School of Business. His military assignments included no-fly zone policy planning on the U.S. Joint Staff and duty as a Eurasia Foreign Area Officer. He wrote a piece at The Hill describing how a no-fly zone over Ukraine could be viable.

Ryan Haddad, a research affiliate in the Smith School of Business Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets wrote a piece about the potential impact of economic sanctions on Russia.

Robert Orr, professor and Dean of the School of Public Policy, negotiated as a practitioner with the Russian government on a wide range of security, human rights, and economic issues and can speak to the Russian Federation's evolving role in global governance processes.

Alec Worsnop, an assistant professor of public policy, could speak to potential unconventional resistance to the Russian invasion.

Nancy Gallagher, a research professor of public policy and director of the Center for International Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), is an expert on nuclear policy and US-Russia relations.

Egle Murauskaite, a faculty specialist at the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), has studied foriegn fighters who have joined both sides of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Experts who can discuss conflict and international relations generally:

Sarah Croco, associate professor of government and politics, studies international war and wartime public opinion.

Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat Chair Professor for Peace and Development, is an international relations scholar.

Hoda Mahmoudi, Bahá’í Chair for World Peace, can discuss fundamental challenges to global peace and security.

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