Robert M. Jenkins, Ph.D.
 
 

Dr. Jenkins, Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies since July 2001, joined the program in 1999 as Adminstrative Director for Curricula, with primary responsibilities for coordinating the MA and BA degree programs.  His scholarly interests are in the areas of social and political change, civil society and the nonprofit sector, and education.

He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. Prior to joining the Center he was an independent consultant and researcher as well as a professor at Yale University. Dr. Jenkins has traveled widely through Eastern Europe and has lived in Budapest, which holds a special place in his heart. (Favorite vistas are below!)
 

CURRENT ACTIVITIES
 

  • INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THE BALKANS:  FOCUS ON THE ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND COOPERATION IN EUROPE

  • In summers 2002, 2003, and 2005, Dr. Jenkins led a Burch Field Research Seminar in Vienna, Austria.  In 2007 the seminar will again be repeated (details here).

    The seminar offered students with opportunities for interaction with key personnel at OSCE and other international organizations and will include a field trip to Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH).
     
     
  • "EDUCATIONAL REFORM PROCESSES IN BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA AND CROATIA: INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, LOCAL POLITICS, AND MINORITY RIGHTS."

  • Funded by the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), this project investigates the implementation of minority rights in education in BiH and Croatia in the context of state building efforts by both domestic and international actors.  A report on the research should be available in early December 2006.
     

    COURSES
     


    PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

    He has published on the growth of the Hungarian nonprofit sector, social and political movements in Eastern Europe, and labor markets and careers in Hungary. He is particularly interested in higher education reform and governance.

    Among recent publications and presentations are

    GUEST LECTURES

    Dr. Jenkins makes occasional guest lectures in course and at outside events.  To see his Fall 2005 lecture to Dr. Laura Janda's course, "Language and National Identity" (SLAV 167/PWAD 167).  The lecture in Powerpoint is "Interaction of Hungarian and Other Ethno-Linguistic Groups."

    CONSULTING

    As a consultant he has worked with international and East European organizations in the areas of education reform and development of the nonprofit (nongovernmental) sector throughout the region. Major projects on which he has worked include

    From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Jenkins regularly contributed an analysis of political and economic trends in Hungary to the Economist Intelligence Unit of London.
     
     

    PERSONAL

    In his leisure time, he enjoys travel, a variety of sports, coaching youth soccer and basketball, and his family.
     
     

    CONTACT

    Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    CB# 5125, 223 E. Franklin St.
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599-5125

    Phone: 919-962-0901
    Fax: 919-962-2494
    Email: rjenkins@email.unc.edu
     

    Contact Dr. Jenkins via email.
     
     

    Scenes of Budapest

    Left: Gellert Hill viewed from the south. Right: Chain Bridge with Castle Hill behind.

    Above: Parliament on the banks of the Danube.




















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