Margaret Paxson is a research fellow at the Berkley Center. An anthropologist and writer, her work focuses on memory, social change and persistence, and the nature of peaceful societies. Her book Solovyovo: The Story of Memory in a Russian Village was named a 2006 “Book of the Year” by Salon.com, and her essays have appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Wilson Quarterly, Aeon Magazine, and Die Zeit. Fluent in Russian and French, she has worked in rural communities in Russia, the North Caucasus, and France. A native of Rochester, New York, Paxson has had a lifelong interest in community- and peace-building. She has appeared on BBC Radio, Dialog Television, and other media. Paxson holds a B.A. in anthropology from McGill University and a master’s degree and Ph.D., also in anthropology, from the University of Montreal.