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Stanislav Budnitsky

James H. Billington Fellow, Indiana University

I am a scholar of global communication and Russian media politics at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC. My research and teaching interests include internet governance, public diplomacy and nation branding, nationalism, and political satire.

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Duisburg-Essen, the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington, and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. I've held fellowships with the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Oxford University Media Policy Summer Institute, and Stanford University U.S.-Russia Forum, among others.

My academic writings have appeared in the European Journal of Cultural Studies, International Journal of Communication, Internet Policy Review, and an edited collection, The Net and the Nation-State, from Cambridge University Press.

I received my PhD in Communication from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. I hold Master’s degrees in Nationalism Studies from Budapest’s Central European University and in Journalism from Moscow’s Higher School of Economics. Prior to graduate studies, I was a Moscow-based media writer and producer.


  • 2020–present
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Russian and East European Institute, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • 2021–present
    Fellow, Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Duisburg-Essen
  • 2018–2020
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania


  • 2018 
    Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) , PhD / Communication
  • 2012 
    Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), MA / Nationalism Studies
  • 2011 
    Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), MA / Media Management
  • 2009 
    Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), BA./ Journalism


  • 2022
    A relational approach to digital sovereignty: e-Estonia between Russia and the West, International Journal of Communication
  • 2020
    Russia's great power imaginary and pursuit of digital multipolarity, Internet Policy Review
  • 2018
    Branding internet sovereignty: Digital media and the Chinese-Russian cyberalliance, European Journal of Cultural Studies