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Education: B.A. in Journalism (University of Klaipeda), M.A. in Nationalism Studies (Central European University), M.A. in Sociology (University of Iowa).

Interests: inter-ethnic attitudes in the Eastern Europe; group processes in isolation; big data analysis.

Languages: Lithuanian, Russian, Georgian.
Skills: STATA, R, Python


Contacts:  FacebookTwitter,  email to inga-popovaite(at)uiowa.edu.

For non-academics, see my resume below:


Teaching Philosophy

In sociology, we spend a lot of time discussing and dissecting reasons and consequences of social inequality. My mission as an educator does not stop with my students’ mastery of the content of the class. I am pushing for more. I want my students to apply sociological concepts to understand and to solve real world problems. My students ought to become active and well-informed citizens and community leaders.
To achieve that, I strive to broaden students’ horizon and to deepen their critical thinking skills. The road to success starts with an inclusive syllabus that represents authors from different gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds. I will not compose a specific ‘minority’ or ‘gender’ week, but rather have a syllabus that overall reflects more than just the White Middle-Class American narrative.
I encourage students to question everything, but they must use factual and theoretical evidence from a respectable academic source to back up their ideas. I am a proponent of the student-c…