Areas of interest:

  • political sociology
  • social control and prisons
  • ethnicity and nationalism
  • sociology of media
  • sociological research methods
  • biographical sociology

Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki on the ERC-funded project Gulag Echoes In the Multicultural Prison, focusing on ethnic self-identification and political association of prisoners in Central and Eastern Europe.

Holder of the Oxford Russia Fellowship in the 2019−2020 academic year.

PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge (2019).

Research postgraduate degree (candidate of sciences) from the Faculty of Sociology at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). MA in international relations from the Free University Berlin (Germany). Undergraduate degree in history with highest distinction from the University of Virginia (USA).

Op-Eds drawing on research results have been published in The New York Times, Politico, Huffington Post, Quartz, and discussed on the BBC and in other media outlets.

List of academic publications:

Zeveleva O. Towards a Bourdieusian Sociology of Self-Censorship // European Journal of Communication. Forthcoming 2019.

Schimpfössl E., Yablokov I., Zeveleva O., Fedirko T., Bajomi-Lazar P. Self-censorship narrated: Journalism in Central and Eastern Europe // European Journal of Communication. Forthcoming 2019.

Zeveleva O. and Bludova A. Borders moving across people: Narratives of belonging among Crimean youth after 2014 // Current Sociology. 2019. P. 1−21

Zeveleva O. How states tighten control: a field theory perspective on journalism in contemporary Crimea // British Journal of Sociology. 2018. P. 1−20

Zeveleva O. States and standardization: constructing co-ethnic migrant identity in Germany // Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 2019. Vol. 45. No. 4. P. 636−655

Zeveleva O. Biopolitics, Borders, and Refugee Camps: Exercising Sovereign Power Over Nonmembers of the State // Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity. 2017. Vol. 45. No. 1. P. 41−60

Zeveleva O. Political Aspects of Repatriation: Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan. A Comparative Analysis // Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationalism and Ethnicity. 2014. Vol. 42. No. 5. P. 808−827

Zeveleva O. The Discursive Construction of Co-Ethnic Migration / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series SOC «Sociology». 2015. No. WP BRP 61/SOC/2015

Зевелева О. И. Биографический метод и критический дискурс-анализ: перспективы сочетания // Социология: методология, методы, математическое моделирование. 2014. № 39. С. 7−39

Зевелева О. И. Миграционная политика и коллективная идентичность: опыт российских немцев в Германии // Полис. Политические исследования. 2014. Т. 6. № 2014. С. 114−126

Зевелева О. И. Репатриация и национальная идентичность: опыт России и Германии. // В кн.: Россия и Германия в пространстве европейских коммуникаций. Тюмень: Издательство Тюменского государственного университета, 2013. Гл. 17. С. 246−263

Рецензия на книгу «В. С. Малахов. Культурные различия и политические границы в эпоху глобальных миграций.» Москва: Новое литературное обозрение, 2014. (Библиотека журнала «Неприкосновенный запас») // Ab Imperio. 2015. № 1. С. 553−556

List of media publications, speeches at conferences and seminars:

Zeveleva O. Putin’s pesky millennials. Sociologist Olga Zeveleva explains what makes today’s protesters in Moscow something new for Russia // Meduza, 14.08.2019

Зевелева О. Неудобные для всех. Националистическая революция в Крыму, которую замалчивает Кремль // Republic, 19.03.2019.

Zeveleva O. How ordinary Crimeans helped Russia annex their home // OpenDemocracy, 14.03.2019.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are not the Problem. The Problem is Social Inequality. Huffington Post, 23.03.2018

Studying conflict and media: Designing a sociological research project on contested territories. Oxford University, Faculty of Law Blog, 14.12.2017

Why Immigrants Voted for the Far Right in Germany. Huffington Post, 13.10.2017

Trump Fever Grips Russia. Politico, 15.11.2016

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova: How to revolutionalize the Russian prison system. Quartz, 11.08.2015

Russian passport, please. OpenDemocracy, Russia, Rights, 08.01.2015

Russia’s Unwelcome Citizens. The New York Times, International Edition, Op-Ed, 07.10.2014

Knowledge is power: why is the Russian government editing Wikipedia? The Calvert Journal, Culture and Tech, 06.08.2014

Putin, Don’t Forget About the Crimean Tatars. Moscow Times, Opinion, 03.04.2014

Russia Have Your Say. BBC Radio, World Have Your Say, 18.03.2014

What is driving Putin in the Ukraine crisis? BBC Radio, World Have Your Say, 04.03.2014

E-International Relations, Public Life and Pussy Riot in Putin’s Russia. 07.10.2012

Миграционная политика и коллективная идентичность, исследование лагеря на границе Европы. Лекторий НИУ ВШЭ, 12.03.2015

О каноне в социальных науках, деколонизации и исследованиях медийного поля Крыма. Подкаст inSTUDIES, 03.10.2018

The state and the media: Investigating the autonomy of regional journalistic fields

This research project addresses the question of how the autonomy of regional journalistic fields is shaped by states in peacetime and in times of conflict. The study funded by the Oxford Russia Fellowship addresses the case of contemporary Tatarstan. It is part of a larger comparative project that also includes the case of Crimea after 2014. While Tatarstan’s regional government is relatively autonomous from the federal centre in comparison with other regions in Russia, the regional government of Crimea is heavily controlled by Russia’s federal centre against the backdrop of territorial conflict with Ukraine.

Drawing on Bourdieusian field theory and biographical sociology, the project investigates how regional journalistic fields function in relation to the state and the field of politics at municipal, regional, federal, and international levels. In this way, the project contributes to our understanding of the multi-scalar architecture of media fields that cross national borders, building on ideas Larissa Buchholz has introduced in relation to the field of contemporary art (2016). The empirical data used in the project consists of biographical interviews with journalists, semi-structured interviews with politicians and media managers, and newsroom observation. The study contributes to the development of field theory approaches to the study of media and journalism, building on the work of Pierre Bourdieu (1998, 2005, 2014), Larissa Buchholz (2016), Rodney Benson (1999), Patrick Champagne (2005), Nick Couldry (2003, 2005), Michael Schudson (2005), and others.