Cynthia Buckley

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Professor of Sociology
Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Professor of LAS Global Studies
Center for Global Studies

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  • Fall 2015 2-5 pm Tuesdays


CYNTHIA BUCKLEY is Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Prior to her arrival at Illinois, Professor Buckley was a faculty member of both the Department of Sociology and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, she served as the Director of CREEES, Chair of the Department of Eurasian Studies, Training Director for the Population Research Center, and was on the Executive Committee of the Faculty Council. For two years prior to her arrival at Illinois, Professor Buckley was on administrative leave from the University of Texas and served as a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council.During her time at SSRC, she directed fellowship and research programs for Eurasia. Buckley received a BA in Economics and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • Social Demography
  • Methodology
  • Global Health
  • International Migration
  • Eurasia
  • Reproductive Health

Research Description

  • I am presently completing a multi-year NSF project on the emergence of the Eurasian Migration System.  My next project will examine changing population and health patterns in Central Asia and their implications for economic and political security within this geo-politically important regions.


  • Ph.D. University of Michigan


  • “People, Power, and Conflict in the Eurasian Migration System,” National Science Foundation (2009- 2013) [$968,000]
  • “Health and Social Stability in Afghanistan,” American Institute for Afghanistan Studies (2009) [$7,500] (John Richards Fellowship Award)
  • “Changing Social Norms and Migration in Georgia,” National Science Foundation Dissertation Development Award, (Erin Hofmann 2009) [$7,500]
  • “Temporary Labor Migration and Family Well-being in the Southern Caucasus,” ACTR/ACCELS Special Initiatives Policy Grant (2006-08) [$38,000]
  • “Myth, Meaning and Measurement: HIV/AIDS in the southern Caucasus,” National Council for East European and Eurasian Research (2007-2008) [$25,000]



  • Migration, Homeland, and Belonging in Eurasia. . Ed. Cynthia Buckley, Blair Ruble, and Erin Hofmann. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Book Contributions

  • Buckley, Cynthia. "While the Men are Away: HIV and Labor Migration in the southern Caucasus." The Fourth Wave: HIV/AIDS and the Assault on Women. . Comp. V.K. Kim. Ed. Jennifer Klot. Paris: UNESCO, 2010.

Journal Articles

  • Hofmann, Erin, and Cynthia Buckley. "Cultural responses to changing gender patterns of migration in Georgia." International Migration 50.5 (2012): 77-94.
  • Buckley, Cynthia, and Erin Hofmann. "Remittances and Family Economic Stability in Tajikistan." Journal of Development Studies 48.8 (2012): 1121-1138.
  • Buckley, Cynthia, Erin Hofmann, and Yuka Minagawa. "Does Nativity Matter? Correlates of Immigrant Health by Generation in the Russian Federation." Demographic Research 24.32 (2011): 801-832.
  • White, Kari, and Cynthia Buckley. "Exposure to International Migration and Its Effect on Childbearing in Turke." International migration Review 45.1 (2011): 123-147.
  • "Cultural responses to changing gender patterns of migration in Georgia." International Migration Review 50.5 (2011):
  • Buckley, Cynthia. "Considering the Caucasus." Wilson Quarterly 33.3 (2009): 10.
  • Barrett, Jennifer, and Cynthia Buckley. "Gender and Perceived Control in the Russian Federation." Europe-Asia Studies 61.1 (2009): 29-49.
  • Buckley, Cynthia, Jennifer Barrett, and Kristen Adkins. "Reproductive Health Information for Young Women in Kazakhstan: Channels, Patterns of Access and Links to Knowledge." Journal of Health Communication 13.7 (2008): 681-697.
  • Doliashvili, Khatuna, and Cynthia Buckley. "Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Post- Socialist Georgia: Does Migration Matter." International Family Planning Perspectives 34.1 (2008): 21-39.


  • Buckley, Cynthia. Myths, Meanings and Measurement: Estimating HIV/AIDS in the southern Caucasus. . National Council for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Working Papers. Seattle: NCEEER, 2008.

Research Interests

  • Race, Class, Gender
  • Population, Health, and Life Course
  • Research Methods