Lena  Surzhko-Harned


Associate Teaching Professor of Political Science,
Associate Director, The Public Policy Initiative at Penn State Behrend


  • Politics & Policy

Focus Areas:

  • Politics


  • Surzhko-Harned can discuss how the upcoming US elections could affect the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.
  • She can speak to the background and context behind the conflict and provide deeper insight on how the conflict is affecting Ukrainians of varying generations.
  • Her expertise in the history between Russia and Ukraine offers an in-depth perspective on the political climate and political players involved in those countries and Europe as a whole.

Lena Surzhko-Harned is an assistant professor of political science at Penn State Behrend. Harned’s research focuses on the field of Russian politics, Ukrainian politics, comparative politics, political behavior, European politics, and politics of the post-Soviet space.

Her co-authored book “Post-Soviet Legacies and Conflicting Values in Europe: Generation Why?” was published by Lexington Books Russian, Eurasian, and European Politics Series in December 2017 and examines the inter-generational conflict and its consequences in post-Soviet Ukraine and Russia.

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