Dr. Marnie Howlett is a Departmental Lecturer in Russian and East European Politics at the University of Oxford, where she teaches in both the Department of Politics and International Relations (DPIR) and Oxford’s School of Global and Area Studies (OSGA)... She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as a BA (High Honours) in International Studies and MA in Political Science from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Howlett’s research centres on the intersection of cartography, nationalism, and geopolitics within the former Soviet Union, particularly Ukraine. Her interests also include research ethics, and the use of visual and spatial methods for political science research. Dr. Howlett’s research has been published in Qualitative Research, Perspectives on Politics, Problems of Post-Communism, and Political Geography. She recently co-edited a volume, Researching in the Former Soviet Union: Stories from the Field, for the BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies. She is currently finishing a book monograph, Ukraine: An Imagined Borderland, which re-conceputalises the Ukrainian state within contemporary geopolitics. Since February 2022, Dr. Howlett has also been working on several projects related to nation-building at the grassroots in Ukraine, including running public opinion and conjoin experiment surveys.