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Margaret Paxson

Research Fellow


Margaret Paxson is a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute and visiting scholar at George Washington University's Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. She is also a research fellow at the Berkley Center and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Miles Lerman Center for the Study of Jewish Resistance. 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 (2005) was named a 2006 “Book of the Year” by, 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. Paxson holds a B.A. from McGill University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Montreal.