Alisa R. Shishkina is a Resident Fellow at the Future Russia Initiative with the Democratic Resilience Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). She is a Senior Research Fellow of the Laboratory for Sociopolitical Destabilization Risk Monitoring at Higher School of Economics and Research Fellow at the Institute for African Studies, which is part of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her current research focuses on Islamic education in Russia and its relevance to modern political and societal affairs. Alisa completed her undergraduate studies in Cultural Studies and Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics, her master’s degree in Political Science with a specialization in human rights at the Russian State University for the Humanities under the auspices of the United Nations, and her PhD in Political Science at the Higher School of Economics. Alisa also attended courses at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. She is the author of more than 70 academic papers including articles in journals indexed by Scopus and WoS systems, and the editor of several scientific monographs and issues. Alisa is also involved in several research teams, grants, and projects in political science.
Beyond academic engagement, Alisa participated in the Council of Europe's Schools of Political Studies Network for several years sharing civic education initiatives. This included programs in partnership with Stockholm School of Economics, Robert Bosch Stiftung, Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung, UNESCO, European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Visegrad School of Political Studies, and Moscow School of Political Studies. Alisa took part in the Open World program in Washington DC in 2015. Alisa participated in the events of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and in the preparation of joint discussion platforms for the Russian and international security expert communities. Alisa engaged with the Oxford-Russia Fellowship program through her research on women's protests in the North Caucasus, bridging academic research with coverage of the protests both by the Russian and international academic communities, and the media.