Interdisciplinary Research Talk Series
by students & for students

Speaker: Blagovest Baychev ’12

Date: April 20, 2011

Time and Place: 12:15pm; Hugel 103

Title: A Model for Comparing Gender Inequality in Postcommunist Eurasia.

Advisers: Prof. Katalin Fabian (Department of Government and Law)

During the past 20 years, the world has changed rapidly, with some areas transforming more dramatically than others. The transition of Eastern Europe and Central Asia from communism to democratic political systems and capitalist economies has challenged some widely held assumptions, such as those about gender equality.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has worked to quantify the gender gap with their Gender Development Index (GDI). Our research focuses not only on making the GDI comparable across 28 post-communist countries, but also interpreting trends and finding the social, political and economic differences and similarities between the gender-specific trends in these countries over the past two decades. Using computational tools and various databases we are in the process of creating a broadly applicable gender comparison model that may open doors to further social and political science research.

Sponsored by Lafayette Dean of The College, the Department of Computer Science, The Health and Life Science Program, and the National Science Foundation. Contact Person: Xiaoyan Li, Computer Science,, 610-330-5416