Dr. Habilitate in Sociology, Belarusian State University (BSU), 1991. Dissertation: Theoretical Grounds for Sociological Studies of Media Effectiveness; Ph.D. in Sociology, BSU, 1983. Dissertation: Inclusion of a Personality into Media Influence; M. S. (1974) and BA (1973) in Journalism, BSU.
Mass, political and comparative international communication, media and transitional society, political process and public opinion, media and politics, media and democracy, think tanks and public policy, methodology of media research (with emphasis on quantitative methods).
Professional memberships or certifications:
Was Member of International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Network for Democratic Research Institutes (NDRI), World/American Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR/AAPOR), American Political Science Association (APSA), Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).
Bonnier Fellowship (Stockholm University, Sweden, 1993); Freedom Support Act Fellowship (East-West Institute, New York, USA, 1998); Fulbright Fellowship (USC, USA, 2001); Erich-Brost Institute of International Journalism (University of Dortmund, Germany, 2002-2003); Scholar Rescue Fund Award of the Institute of International Education (USA, 2007-2009); Slavic-Eurasian Research Center (Hokkaido University, Japan) 2013; Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars (USA, 2017).
Adjunct Professor, Department of History and Political Science, King University, Knoxville TN, 2017–2019; Visiting Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Tennessee, 2015–2016; Visiting Professor, Department of Media, European Humanities University, Lithuania, 2012-2014; Visiting Professor, School of Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Knoxville, 2007–2009; Visiting Professor, Institute of Sociology, Marie Curie-Skladowska University, Poland, 2005–2007; Founding Professor, Department of Social Communication, Belarusian State University, Belarus, 1992 – 2012.
20 books (authored and edited), including Future of Belarus: Views of Independent Experts, St.-Petersburg: Nevski Prostor, 2012; Youth and Civil Society in Belarus: New Generation, St.-Petersburg: Nevski Prostor, 2011; Emerging of Civil Society in Independent Belarus. Sociological Experiences: 1991-2010, Riga: Laima, Vol. I-III, 2011; Belarus and “wider Europe”: Quest for Geo-political Self-identification, Novosibirsk: Vodoley, 2007; as well as about 200 book chapters and articles in various U.S. and international academic journals, including Journal of Communication (USA), Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization (USA), Global Media Journal (USA), Political Communication (USA), International Journal of Market Research (UK), Acta Slavica Iaponica (Japan), Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs (USA), Communicatio (South Africa),