PD Dr. Elena Denisova-Schmidt, MBA


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Research Associate / Privatdozentin, University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland
September 2007 - present

Research Fellow, Center for International Higher Education (CIHE)
Boston College, USA
December 2015 - present

Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, Finland 
August 2015 - September 2015

Edmond J. Safra Network Fellow, Harvard University, USA
September 2013 - June 2015

Short-Term Scholar, Kennan Institute
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
January 2008 - February 2008

Research Fellow, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany
November 2002 - July 2007

VSMPO-AVISMA Corporation, Russia
Mai 1999 - Juli 2002


The paper “Do Anti-Corruption Educational Campaigns Reach Students? Some Evidence from Two Cities in Russia and Ukraine”, written together with Martin Huber (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) and Elvira Leontyeva (Pacific National University, Khabarovsk, Russia), has received the best paper award from the Russian organization “Obchestvo Znanie” for contributions to corruption issues. The study was published in Voprosy Obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow (vol. 1, pp. 61-83, 2016).

Justification of Academic Corruption at Russian Universities: A Student Perspective.
Edmond J. Safra Working Papers, No. 30, 2013. Cambridge: Harvard University.
This paper was named in TOP-13 as one of the most interesting studies on Russia in 2013 by the Higher School of Economics.


(with Huber, M. and Prytula, Y.)
Can Online Videos Change The Acceptance Of Corruption Among Ukrainian Students?
VoxUkraine (9 October, 2020)

Global approaches to corruption in higher education
University World News, 27 June 2020.

What can universities do to stop students cheating?
University World News, 20 April 2019.

Можно ли победить коррупцию в высшем образовании?
Newtonew, 8 June, 2017.

Facing up to international students who cheat.
University World News. 23 September 2016.

The Slippery Business of Plagiarism.
Boston: Center for International Higher Education, (24 May 2016)

(with Huber, M. and Leontyeva, E.)
On the Development of Students’ Attitudes towards Corruption and Cheating in Russian Universities
EJHE (10.03.2016)

Ich weise auf internationale Korruption hin
Südkurier, 29.02.2016

(with Prytula, Y.)
To Pay or Not to Pay Taxes, That Is the Question
VoxUkraine (12.6.2015)

(with Prytula, Y.)
The Business Environment in Ukraine: New Country, Old Problems, More Hope
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (29.04.2015)

Doublethink, Russian Style
EU: ANTICORRP (22.1.2015)

(with Leontyeva E. and Prytula Y.)
Corruption at Universities is a Common Disease for Russia and Ukraine
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (17.6.2014)

Informal Business Practices in the Russian Pharmaceutical Sector
Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University (16.10.2013)

(with Leontyeva, E.)
Perception of Corruption by First-Year and Final-Year Students in Russia
Boston: Center for International Higher Education (18.12.2012).

Ein Zubrot für Staatsdiener.
In: St. Galler Tagblatt Nr. 144, 2011: 6.


The German charity organization 'Future for Ritschow'
Life after Chernobyl in the Region Gomel/Belorussia