Ioffe, Grigory 1951-

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IOFFE, Grigory 1951-

PERSONAL: Born October 21, 1951, in Moscow, USSR (now Russia); naturalized U.S. citizen; son of Victor and Raisa Ioffe; married Yelena Kulagina, May 12, 1979; children: Mikhail, Nataliya. Education: Moscow State University, M.A., 1974; USSR Academy of Sciences (now Russian Academy of Sciences), Ph.D., 1980.

ADDRESSES: Home—2113 Charlton Lane, Radford, VA 24141. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: Institute for Rural Physical Planning, Moscow, USSR (now Russia), junior research associate, 1974-77, senior research associate, 1977-80; USSR Academy of Sciences (now Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow, junior research associate at Institute of Geography, 1980-86, senior research associate, 1986-88, department head, 1988-89; Radford University, Radford, VA, assistant professor, 1990-94, associate professor, 1994-97, professor of geography, 1997—. Visiting speaker at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 1996, 2002, University of Texas—Austin, 1999, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2000, and Harvard University, 2001.

MEMBER: Association of American Geographers, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.

AWARDS, HONORS: Grants from National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1999-2001, International Research and Exchanges Board, 2002, and National Science Foundation, 2002-05.


(With Tatyana Nefedova) Continuity and Change inRural Russia, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1997.

(Editor, with George Demko and Zhanna Zayonchkovskaya, and contributor) Population under Duress: The Geodemography of Post-Soviet Russia, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1999.

(With Tatyana Nefedova) The Environs of Russian Cities, Edwin Mellen Press (Lewiston, NY), 2000.


(With Alla Igudina) Applications of the Factor Analysis in Physical Planning: Guidelines for Planners, Rosgiproniiselstroy (Moscow, USSR), 1980.

Non-Chernozem Zone: Social Geography and Agriculture, Znaniye (Moscow, USSR), 1986.

(Editor and contributor) Territorial Organization of the Economy As a Development Factor, IGAN SSSR (Moscow, USSR), 1987.

Agriculture in the Non-Chernozem Zone: RegionalProblems, Nauka (Moscow, USSR), 1990.

(With Olga Gritsai and Andrei Treivisch) Center andPeriphery in Regional Development, Nauka (Moscow, Russia), 1991.

(With Andrei Treivisch, G. Privalovskaya, S. Tarkhov, and others) Territorial Structure of the Economy in the Regions of Old Colonization, Nauka (Moscow, Russia), 1995.

Contributor to books, including Fragmented Space: Federal, Regional, and Local Relations in the Russian Federation, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 2001; Rural Development in Eurasia and the Middle East, edited by Kurt Engelman and Vjeran Pavlakovic, University of Washington Press (Seattle, WA), 2001; and Rural Reform in Post-Soviet Russia, edited by D. J. O'Brien and S. K. Wegren, Johns Hopkins University Press (Baltimore, MD), 2002. Contributor of articles and reviews to professional journals, including Eurasian Geography and Economics, Europe-Asia Studies 1999, Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Post-Soviet Geography and Economics, GeoJournal, Geoforum, and College Teaching.

SIDELIGHTS: Grigory Ioffe told CA: "My primary motivation for writing comes from the realization that my research has yielded meaningful results. In its turn, my primary motivation for research is curiosity. My field is human geography, and my regional focus is the European section of the former Soviet Union. When I came to the United States and was employed by an educational institution with a heavy teaching load, I came to the conclusion that, to make a comeback as a researcher, I ought to cling to the same study areas as before—a time-saving survival strategy. I did so despite the fact that demand for my regional expertise has been declining.

"I routinely apply for research grants and, when I win an award, this not only makes things happen for me (I would be unable to undertake field observation and collect information overseas without financial support), but I also put myself in a situation whereby writing becomes imperative, as grant-making agencies demand reports and publications.

"If there have been any changes to my writing over time, these changes have to do with mastering English and a writing style acceptable in the English-speaking world. Learning English is my lifelong endeavor."