Ausra ("Oshra") Park is an associate professor of international relations. She received her Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) and has taught students at Simmons College (in Boston, MA) and at Davidson College (Davidson, NC) during the period of 2006-2011. In 2011 she received one of the most prestigious academic awards, a Fulbright US Scholar fellowship, and spend an academic year at the Faculty of Political Science & Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania. She has been also awarded numerous national and international fellowships and scholarships from the Department of State Title VIII programthe German Marshall Fund of the U.S., IREX, ACTR/ACCELS, the Flemish Government, and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as competitive institutional grants for research and pedagogy.

Dr. Park's work on post-communist top political leadership (presidents, prime ministers, parliament chairs, and ministers of foreign affairs), small states' foreign policies, role and impact of foreign policymaking institutions, nation-branding, migration, and human trafficking has been published in leading schorlarly, peer-reviewed journals. She is currently completing her first book Titans of the Baltic States: The First Generation of Foreign Policymakers and Their Legacies. Dr. Park teaches various courses in the International Relations concentration (i.e., Foreign Policy of Great Powers; Russia and post-Soviet States; International Political Economy; World Political Leaders; Problems from Hell: Genocides; International Organizations; Human Trafficking; European Politics; Asian Politics) and regularly leads travel courses abroad (i.e., Russia in spring 2017; Belgium, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia in spring 2018), with courses to the South Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan), former Yugoslav republics (Slovenia, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina), South Korea, and Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan) to be offered starting in spring 2020.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. International Studies University of South Carolina
M.A. European Studies College of Europe
B.A. Business Administration and Management (formerly Economics) Vytautas Magnus University

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2018 - 2018 Associate Professor Humanities Institute for Lifelong Learning (HILL)
2017 - 2017 Visiting Associate Professor Union College
2017 - Now Associate Professor Siena College
2012 - 2017 Assistant Professor Siena College
2011 - 2012 Fulbright US Scholar Vytautas Magnus University
2010 - 2011 Visiting Assistant Professor Davidson College
2006 - 2010 Assistant Professor Simmons College

Current Research

Small states (focus on the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania); Political Leadership; Foreign Policy Analysis; Comparative Foreign Policy; Eastern European Post-Communist Countries; the EU; Women Presidents from Eastern European Region; Crisis Leadership; Migration/Emigration; Human Trafficking(from/to post-Soviet region); Russia and Post-Soviet States (Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan; Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan); Political Economy; Corruption; Democratic erosion and back-sliding; and Global Justice.
My research publications can be found at https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ausra_Park

Articles & Book Reviews

  • The Politics of Human Trafficking: Conducting In-Person Interviews During Fieldwork in Eastern Europe
    SAGE Research Methods Cases in Politics and International Relations
    2019
  • "President Grybauskaite in a continuous intra-institutional tug of war (Part 2)"
    Presidential Power blog
    2018
  • "President Grybauskaite in an intra-institutional tug of war"
    Presidential Power blog
    2018
  • "President Grybauskaite on an extended 'vacation'?"
    Presidential Power blog
    2018
  • "President Grybauskaite's Anti-Zapad campaign"
    Presidential Power blog
    2018
  • "Lithuania's Foreign Policy under Grybauskaite: Belligerence Toward Russia, Reconciliation With Ukraine"
    Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute
    2017
  • "Lithuania's Foreign Policy Under Grybauskaite: Change or Continuity?"
    Journal of Contemporary European Studies
    2016
  • Turns and U-Turns: The Foreign Policy of Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite.
    Baltic Bulletin, Foreign Policy Research Institute
    2016
  • "Post-Communist Leadership: A Case Study of Lithuania's 'White House' (1993-2014)"
    Demokratizatsiya,
    2015
  • A Society of Departure in Post-Communist Europe: Socio-political Reasons Behind Mass Lithuanian Emigration
    East European Politics
    2015
  • "Politics of Human Trafficking in Lithuania: Governments' Political Games and NGOs"
    Research Brief, IREX
    2014
  • Post-Communist Democratisation in Lithuania: Elites, Parties, and Youth Political Organisations, 1988-2001 by Diana Janušauskienė
    Journal of Baltic Studies
    2012
  • "The End of the Lithuanian Political 'Patriarch's' Era: From Rise to Decline and Legacies Left Behind,"
    Demokratizatsiya,
    2010
  • A Cat's Lick: Democratization and Minority Communities in the Post-Soviet Baltic by Timofey Agarin
    Europe-Asia Studies
    2010
  • "'Selling' a Small State to the World: Lithuania's Struggle In Building Its National Image,"
    Place Branding and Public Diplomacy
    2009
  • Continuity and Change in the Baltic Sea Region: Comparing Foreign Policies by Galbreath, David J., Ainius Lašas and Jeremy W. Lamoreaux
    Journal of Baltic Studies
    2009
  • "Baltic Foreign Policy Making Establishments of the 1990s: Influential Institutional and Individual Actors,"
    Journal of Baltic Studies
    2005
  • "Starting From Scratch: The Role of Leadership in the Foreign Policymaking of the Baltic States, 1991-1999,"
    Eastern European Quarterly
    2005
  • "Evolving Lithuanian Security Options in the Context of NATO, WEU and EU Responses,"
    European Security
    1999

Awards & Distinctions

  •  Supported by the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI grant, the U.S. Department of State’s Title VIII Program, ARISC, REEEC, and the Ralph and Ruth Fisher Endowment.
    Category: Teaching-Research
    The American Research Institute of the South Caucasus (ARISC) and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEEC) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2019
  • First Eastern European Women Presidents: "Glass-Ceiling" Breakers of Latvia, Kosovo, and Lithuania
    Category: Research
    CURCA, 2019
  • Unresolved Historical Wrongs in Asia :"Comfort Women" Memorials and International Politics, COTFD.
    Category: Internal
    COTFD, 2019
  • Unresolved Historical Wrongs in Asia :"Comfort Women" Memorials and International Politics
    Category: Teaching
    COTFD, 2019
  •  First Women Presidents from Eastern Europe (case study of Latvia and Kovoso); content analysis of public pronouncements
    Category: Research
    Siena College, 2018
  •  First Women Presidents from Eastern Europe (case study of Latvia, Kovoso, Lithuania, Croatia, and Estonia); collection of presidential public pronouncements, interviews, and articles in open source media outlets. 
    Category: Research
    Siena College, 2017
  • Information Literacy Faculty Development Grant
    Category: Teaching-Research
    Siena College Library, 2017
  • Diversity Action Committee Research Fellowship
    Category: Research
    Diversity Action Committee, Siena College, 2016
  • Summer Fellowship for Curriculum Diversification to develop Human Insecurity: Global Challenges course
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2015
  • Short-term grant to conduct summer-long research in Lithuania for the project "Politics of Human Trafficking: Governments' Political Games and NGOs"
    Category: Research
    IREX (International Research Exchange Board), Washington DC, 2014
  • Curriculum Diversification Grant to develop Problems from Hell: Genocides, Gendercides, and Other Monstrous Crimes course
    Category: Teaching
    DAC (Diversity Action Committee), Siena College, 2013
  • Fulbright US Scholar Grant
    Category: Teaching
    US Department of State, Washington DC, 2012

Books & Book Chapters

  • SAGE Research Methods Cases in Politics and International Relations
    SAGE Publishers
    2019

Presentations

  • "Giving Face to Baltic Foreign Policies: Baltic "Founding Fathers," Their Legacies, and Leadership Impact
    2019
    REECAS NW Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • "Individualized Pathway to Political Success? The First Generation of Baltic Political Leaders and Their Legacies"
    2018
    American Association of Baltic Studies conference, Palo Alto, CA (Stanford University), United States of America
  • "Leaders as Pathways to Political Success?"
    2018
    25th World Congress of International Political Science Association, Brisbane, Australia- QLD
  • Leadership at the Foreign Policies of the Baltic States
    2018
    100 Years of Baltic Republics: Statehood and National Cultures in the Globalizing World, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Putin's 'Wish List' For 2017
    2017
    Russian and Eastern European Cultures Club, Union College, Schenectady, New York
  • Shattering the Glass Ceiling in Eastern Europe? The Rise of Female Presidents
    2017
    The 24th International Conference of Europeanists, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • "Crises' Prime Minister: Local Leader, Glocal Implications?"
    2016
    American Association of Baltic Studies conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • "Putin and Putinization in Europe"
    2016
    Union College, Schenectady, New York
  • "Shattering the glass ceiling in Eastern Europe: The Rise of Female Presidents"
    2016
    Gender and Transformation in Europe workshop, NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies, NYC, New York
  • "Status Seeking or Interest in Democracy Promotion in the Eastern Partnership States? Lithuania's Foreign Policy Toward Ukraine"
    2016
    First Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies, Tallinn, Estonia
  • Silent Tsunami: Human trafficking in/form Europe
    2016
    UAlbany, Albany, New York
  • "The Politics of Human Trafficking in Lithuania: Perspectives from Government, NGOs, and Academia"
    2015
    20th Association for Nationalities Studies World Convention, NYC, New York
  • "New Madame President, New Foreign Policy?"
    2014
    "Women, Leadership, and Society" conference, Yerevan, Armenia
  • Massive Emigration and Geopolitical Conundrums of a Rapidly Disappearing State in Post-Soviet Europe
    2014
    International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada-Ontario
  • "Our Home is Russia": Global Russians, Moving Bodies, and Post-Soviet Entropy,"
    2013
    Williams College, MA, Williamstown, Massachusetts
  • "The Last One to Leave, Please Turn Off the Lights,"
    2013
    International Studies Association-Northeast conference, Providence, Rhode Island
  • "Gulags of Today and Human Trafficking in International Context,"
    2012
    Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe and Lithuania"
    2012
    Vieksniai Gymnasium and Vieksniai branch of Mazeikiai Professional Training School, Vieksniai, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking in International Context,"
    2012
    Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking: Eastern European Experiences in International Context"
    2012
    EuroCollege, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • "Human Trafficking: Slavery in Eastern Europe and Lithuania"
    2012
    Lithuanian Parliament, Social Affairs and Work Committee, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • "Is it Safe to Live in Lithuania? Facing Problems in Fighting Human Trafficking: Challenges For Intra-institutional Cooperation"
    2012
    Lithuanian Parliament, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • "New Madame President, New Foreign Policy?"
    2012
    International Studies Association-Northeast conference, Baltimore, Maryland
  • "Russia's Nashi Youth: Why Should Anybody Care to Know What It Is About?"
    2012
    EuroCollege, Tallinn, Estonia
  • "Russia's Nashi Youth: Why Should Anybody Care to Know What It Is About?"
    2012
    Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Continuities and Changes in Russia's Foreign Policy From 1945 to Present,"
    2011
    Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking and International Trends,"
    2011
    Lecture for social workers at the training seminar "Support and Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution," organized by Lietuvos Caritas (NGO) and Ministry of Social Security and Labor, Kaunas, Lithuania, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking: Europe and Asia,"
    2011
    Department of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Human Trafficking: International Context,"
    2011
    Social Work Institute, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
  • "Humans For Sale: International Experiences,"
    2011
    social workers at the training seminar "Support and Assistance for Victims of Human Trafficking and Forced Prostitution," organized by Lietuvos Caritas (NGO) and Ministry of Social Security and Labor, Vilnius, Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • "Presidency and Personality Impact: A Post-Communist State Experience."
    2010
    International Studies Association-Northeast conference, Baltimore, Maryland
  • "Putin and Putinization: Assessing Political Trends in Eastern Europe and Eurasia,"
    2010
    Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina
  • "Apathy and Political Depression in the New EU Member States: Roots and Causes."
    2009
    International Studies Association-Northeast conference, Baltimore, Maryland
  • "Shaping Lithuania's White House: From the former Communist Party Leader Brazauskas to the newly elected Baltic 'Iron Lady' Grybauskaite,"
    2009
    Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington DC, District of Columbia
  • "What is genocide? The origin, debates, and controversies surrounding the 'g'-word,"
    2009
    Amnesty International Chapter, Simmons College, Boston, California
  • "Lithuania's Foreign Policy Movers and Shakers: From the Founders to the 'Patriarch(s)' and Beyond."
    2008
    International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Francisco, California
  • "'Selling' a Small State to the World: Lithuania's Image Building."
    2007
    International Studies Association-Midwest conference, St. Louis, Minnesota
  • "From Fortress Europe to the United States of Europe? Recent EU Enlargements and Challenges Ahead,"
    2006
    Warburg Brownbag presentation, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts
  • "Starting from Scratch: The Role of Leadership in the Foreign Policymaking of the Baltic States, 1991-1999."
    2004
    American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • "Policy Development: A Comparative Case Study of Estonia and Lithuania (1991-2001)."
    2002
    International Studies Association-Midwest conference, St. Louis, Minnesota