Marilyn Rueschemeyer Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Marilyn Rueschemeyer is an adjunct professor at the Watson Institute and a professor of sociology at the Rhode Island School of Design. During 2003-2004, she was a Watson visiting professor. Rueschemeyer specializes in communist and postcommunist societies and for several years has been the representative of the American Sociological Association to the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the organization that brings together scholars from all disciplines working in postcommunist societies. Specifically, Rueschemeyer works extensively in urban sociology, gender studies, and the sociology of art in communist and postcommunist societies.

In the fall of 2004, Rueschemeyer received an invitation from the Social Science Center in Berlin to spend part of the semester working in the German Bundestag. Her study is part of a larger comparison of the experiences and political goals of women from five postcommunist states. The Woodrow Wilson Center has given a grant to the scholars and representative politicians for a workshop in Washington D.C., which was held in the spring of 2004.

For several years, Rueschemeyer chaired the Watson Institute's Future of Germany Seminar Series. This year, she co-initiated a new seminar series on European politics. Aside from these series, Rueschemeyer has organized a number of workshops at the Watson Institute. These included: "Left Parties and Social Policy in Postcommunist Central Europe and Russia," "The Future of the German Welfare State," and "Housing Design and Housing Policy in Europe and in the United States." She was co-organizer of a workshop and film presentation on "Hybrid Culture: Minorities in Germany."

Among her numerous publications is a new work she has co-authored with a colleague in the United Kingdom titled Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective. Other publications include Left Parties and Social Policies in Postcommunist Europe (co-edited with Linda Cook and Mitchell Orenstein, 1999); Participation and Democracy East and West: Comparison and Interpretations (co-edited with Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Bjorn Wittrock, 1998); Women in Postcommunist Eastern Europe , 2nd edition 1998; The Quality of Life in the German Democratic Republic: Changes and Developments in a State Socialist Society (co-edited with Christiane Lemke, 1989; Soviet Emigre Artists: Life and Work in the United States and the USSR (co-authored with Igor Golomshtok and Janet Kennedy, 1985; and Professional Work and Marriage: An East-West Comparison (1981).

Her professional honors include: Invited Guest, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (Social Science Research Center); Fellow, The Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden; Visiting Fellow, Stockhom Institute of Soviet and East European Economics; IREX grants for work at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and for research in the former German Democratic Republic; Chosen by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States as an Exchange scholar at the Academy of Sciences of the German Democratic Republic; Visiting Fellow, Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Senior Associate Member of St.Antony's College in 1979, 1982, 1997.

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Art and the State: The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective, (co-authored with Victoria Alexander) St.Antony's Oxford/Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Left Parties and Social Policy in Postcommunist Europe (edited with Linda Cook and Mitchell Orenstein, 1999) Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press 1999.

Participation and Democracy East and West: (edited with Dietrich Rueschemeyer and Bjorn Wittrock, 1998) London and New York: M.E.Sharpe Publishers

Women in the Politics of Postcommunist Eastern Europe (editor, 1994/98) London and New York: M.E.Sharpe Publishers

The Quality of LIfe in the German Democratic Republic (ed.with C.Lemke 1989) London and New York: M.E.Sharpe Publishers

Soviet Emigre Artists: Life and Work in the United States and the USSR (with co-authors Igor Golomshtok and Janet Kennedy 1985) London and New York: M.E.Sharpe Publishers

Professional Work and Marriage: An East-West Comparison (1981) Oxford/St .Antony' s MacMillan Series. and New York: St. Martin's Press

research overview

Professor Rueschemeyer specializes in communist and postcommunist societies and for several years has been the representative of the American Sociological Association to the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the organization that brings together scholars from all disciplines working in postcommunist societies. Specifically, Rueschemeyer works extensively in urban sociology, gender studies, and the sociology of art in communist and postcommunist societies.

research statement

During this Fall, the publication of a jointly authored book (with Victoria Alexander) was completed. Art and the State:The Visual Arts in Comparative Perspective examines the impact of states and their policies on visual art, contrasting developments in the United States with art policies in Britain and in the democratic states of Norway and Sweden. In addition, it analyzes revealing transitions - the changes brought about in East Germany after unification (with comparative comments on other European postcommunist countries) and the experiences of artists who left the Soviet Union for the west (with comparative comments on those artists who emigrated to Israel).
(For earlier research on the arts, see CV.)
My present project, in collaboration with American and eastern European scholars, is on Women in Postcommunist Parliaments. (for earlier research on women in political life in eastern Europe and participation in political parties in postcommunist Europe, see CV.)

funded research

I received a grant from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars for the first meeting of scholars and parliamentarians working on Women in Postcommunist Politics. The conference was held at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC. At the present time, we are completing our own research. In addition to my own research, I will be editing the volume with Professor Sharon Wolchik.