Volha Charnysh is a Ph.D. student in the Deparment of Government and an affiliate of Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. She studies the long-term effects of ethnic transformations and population movements on European institutional development in the 20th century. Her other work covers two broad themes: democratization (norm diffusion, civil society movements, EU conditionality) and the relationship between identity and policy preferences (national identity and prosocial behaviour). Her regional expertise is in Central and Eastern Europe.
She is currently a Fellow of the Program on Global Society and Security at Harvardís Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Volha is also executive editor for Belarus Digest, a project that provides non-partisan analysis of Belarus-related events and publications. She draws political cartoons on Belarusian and international politics.