European Studies Group

Marina Zaloznaya

Marina Zaloznaya

Director, European Studies Group
Marina Zaloznaya is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science and a co-founder of the Corruption in The Global South Research Consortium ( She holds a PhD in Sociology from Northwestern University and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research explores political dimensions, gender patterns, and network properties of public sector corruption in non-democratic regimes from a range of methodological perspectives. Her first book, The Politics of Bureaucratic Corruption in Post-Transitional Eastern Europe, which drew on ethnographic and comparative-historical analyses of corruption in Ukrainian and Belarusian universities, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017. More recently, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, Dr. Zaloznaya and her collaborators collected and analyzed three rounds of public opinion surveys in Russia, China, Ukraine, and Georgia. Along with Dr. Zaloznaya’s other work, findings from these have been published in a range of sociology, political science, and interdisciplinary journals, including Social Forces, Electoral Studies, Post-Soviet Affairs, Law & Social Inquiry, Europe-Asia Studies, Sociology of Development, Crime, Law, and Social Change, the Annual Review of Sociology, and other venues. At Iowa, Dr. Zaloznaya teaches courses in Global Criminology, Sociology of White-Collar Crime, Comparative-Historical Sociology, Sociology of Human Rights, Gender & Politics under Authoritarianism, and Law & Society.
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European Studies Group to host guest lecture by Estrella de Diego, May 4

The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Estrella de Diego of the Universidad Complutense (UCM) in a talk entitled "Negotiating Museum Narratives" from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4, via Zoom.


ESG lecture to offer cultural analysis of Doggerland novel - Apr. 11

The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Esther Peeren of the University of Amsterdam in a talk entitled "Hinterlands at Sea in Ben Smith's Doggerland" from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 11.  


ESG to host lecture on symptomatic reading in literary studies - Apr. 4

The European Studies Group will present a virtual guest lecture by Professor Esther Peeren of the University of Amsterdam in a talk entitled "Suspicious Minds: Symptomatic Reading in Latour, Derrida, and Wynter" from 1:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4.  This event is free and open to the public.
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Steve W Duck

My work is in the study of rhetorical, psychological and communicative processes in personal relationships. After a PhD in Social Psychology, I moved to Communication Studies and finally Rhetoric. After founding the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, I edited it for 15 years and was also President of the International Network on Personal Relationships and cofounder of the Interpersonal Conferences on Personal Relationships, both of them international and interdisciplinary in emphasis.
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Russ Ganim

Associate Provost and Dean
International Programs
My specialization is early modern French literature, with a focus on poetry as well as the intersection of word and image. Most recently, I have worked on French antecedents in Shakespeare as well as expressions of obscenity in both Italian and French literature.

Roberta Montemorra Marvin

Marvin has published widely on Italian opera of the nineteenth century, especially the music of Verdi and Rossini, focusing on cultural and social history, as well as textual criticism. Her work touches more specifically on topics including censorship, celebrity, performance practices, dissemination and reception of foreign opera in Britain, opera and print culture, operatic burlesques, iconography of singers in Victorian illustrated newspapers, and music during World War II. Co-editor of seven books (the most recent being Music in World War II: Coping with Wartime in Europe and the United States), she is also sole editor of The Cambridge Verdi Encyclopedia. In addition, Dr. Marvin is series editor for Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera and Associate General Editor for The Works of Giuseppe Verdi, the award-winning critical edition of the composer’s music.
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Nancy Hauserman

I have a J.D. and taught Business, Law and Ethics in the Tippie College of Business for 30 years. I taught undergraduates (Iowa, London and Italy) and MBAs and taught in our Executive MBA programs in Iowa, Italy (CIMBA) and Hong Kong. I directed the Italy (CIMBA) program as well. My primary areas of research were law and ethics generally and whistleblowing and sexual harassment specifically. Served as undergraduate Dean in the Tippie College.
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Mary L Cohen

My research area is music education and well-being with a focus on music in prisons (from an abolitionist perspective), songwriting, and collaborative communities. I am creating connections among many researchers across the U.S. through the Justice Arts Coalition and recent Arts in Prison conferences and across the globe interested in music education in prisons, currently in Germany, Scotland, England, Brazil, Belgium, Norway, Australia, and hoping to continue to build this network. I am also very interested in peacebuilding and music education, and restorative & transformative justice.
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Luis Martin-Estudillo

Luis Martín-Estudillo is Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Iowa, specializing in modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture and visual studies. He is the Managing Editor of Hispanic Issues and Hispanic Issues Online. Among other recognitions, Martín-Estudillo has received the 2009-2010 Collegiate Teaching Award, the 2011-2013 Dean's Scholar Award, and three awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities. His latest books are The Rise of Euroskepticism: Europe and Its Critics in Spanish Culture (Vanderbilt University Press, 2018), winner of an NEH Open Book Award in 2020, and Despertarse de Europa. Arte, literatura, euroescepticismo (Cátedra, 2019). His current projects include a monograph on Francisco de Goya's treatment of reading.
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Laurie Croft

In order to support the needs of gifted and talented learners, I work primarily with educators who want to better understand best practices in gifted education. I teach or supervise courses that explore the identification of gifted learners and the curriculum and programming that meets their needs. All coursework aligns with one or more sets of national standards in the field as provided by the National Association of Gifted Children, although work with international educators has to be responsive to their settings. My research interests include attitudes of teachers toward talented children, and how those attitudes can expand to include essential practices such as the acceleration of high-ability learners.