Cynthia Buckley

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CYNTHIA BUCKLEY is Professor of Sociology at the 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 and also served as a Program Director at the Social Science Research Council (2010-2012).  Buckley received a BA in Economics and an M.A. in Russian Studies before completing her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Michigan.


Ph.D. University of Michigan


Honors & Awards


  • “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]

Research Interests

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

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Research Output 1995 2019

health care

Promises to keep: Pension provision in the Russian Federation

Buckley, C. & Donahue, D., Apr 30 2016, Russia's Torn Safety Nets: Health and Social Welfare During the Transition. Palgrave Macmillan, p. 251-270 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Global changes and gendered responses: The feminization of migration from Georgia

Hofmann, E. T. & Buckley, C., Sep 1 2013, In : International Migration Review. 47, 3, p. 508-538 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

global change
Global Change
labor market

Are Remittances an Effective Mechanism for Development? Evidence from Tajikistan, 1999-2007

Buckley, C. & Hofmann, E. T., Aug 1 2012, In : Journal of Development Studies. 48, 8, p. 1121-1138 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Remittances and Family Economic Stability in Tajikistan,

Buckley, C. & Hoffman, E., 2012, In : Journal of Development Studies. 48, 8, p. 1121-1138 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle