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Cynthia Buckley

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702 S Wright, 3116 Lincoln Hall
M/C 454
Champaign, IL 61820


CYNTHIA BUCKLEY is Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her arrival at Illinois, Professor Buckley was a faculty member of both the Department of Sociology and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin and also served as a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (2010-2012).  Buckley received a BA in Economics and an M.A. in Russian Studies before completing her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Research Interests

Social Demography
Global Health
International Migration
Reproductive Health

Research Description

My current research centers on issues of population, social equity, and development in Eurasia.  It includes three specific lines of analysis:  1. In collaboration with Profesor Erik Herron (West Virginia University) and Ralph Clem (Florida State University), I am engaged in assessing threats to geopolitical stability along Russia's periphery through the  Central Eurasian State Capacity Initiative (CESCI), focusing upon variations in national and regional patterns of state provision in the spheres of healthcare, education, and free and open elections, emphasizing the importance of resident's satisfaction and possibilities for Russian intervention via mass media.  2. My research on reproductive and sexual health in Eurasia explores changing fertility patterns and gender. 3. I am working on a book examining the political demography of Central Asia, examining the relationship between population change and socio-political stability. 


Ph.D. University of Michigan


“People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” National Science Foundation (2009- 2013) [$968,000]
“Health and Social Stability in Afghanistan,” American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (2009) [$7,500] (John Richards Fellowship Award)
“Changing Social Norms and Migration in Georgia,” National Science Foundation Dissertation Development Award, (Erin Hofmann 2009) [$7,500]
“Temporary Labor Migration and Family Well-being in the Southern Caucasus,” ACTR/ACCELS Special Initiatives Policy Grant (2006-08) [$38,000]
“Myth, Meaning and Measurement: HIV/AIDS in the southern Caucasus,” National Council for East European and Eurasian Research (2007-2008) [$25,000]

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Sociology
Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Professor, European Union Center

Recent Publications

Buckley, C. J., Clem, R. S., & Herron, E. S. (2022). The COVID-19 Pandemic and State Healthcare Capacity: Government Responses and Citizen Assessments in Estonia, Georgia, and Ukraine. Problems of Post-Communism, 69(1), 14-25.

Buckley, C. (2021). Abortion and reproductive health in Eurasia: Continuity and change. In K. Fábián, J. E. Johnson, & M. Lazda (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Gender in Central-Eastern Europe and Eurasia (pp. 492-501). (Routledge Handbooks of Gender and Sexuality). Routledge.

Laruelle, M., Alexseev, M., Buckley, C., Clem, R. S., Goode, J. P., Gomza, I., Hale, H. E., Herron, E., Makarychev, A., McCann, M., Omelicheva, M., Sharafutdinova, G., Smyth, R., Sokhey, S. W., Troitskiy, M., Tucker, J. A., Twigg, J., & Wishnick, E. (2021). Pandemic Politics in Eurasia: Roadmap for a New Research Subfield. Problems of Post-Communism, 68(1), 1-16.

Buckley, C. J., Clem, R. S., & Herron, E. S. (2019). An assessment of attributing public healthcare infrastructure damage in the Donbas five years after Euromaidan: implications for Ukrainian state legitimacy. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 60(1), 54-72.

Buckley, C. (2019). Review: O. Nikolayenko's Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe. Contemporary Sociology, 48(5), 562-564.

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