Indra Ekmanis


Dr. Indra Ekmanis is an editor for PRI's The World through the ACLS/Mellon Public Fellows Program. In this capacity, she works on worldwide migration and European issues, as well as domestic politics. She is also a Baltic Sea Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Dr. Ekmanis recently completed a fellowship as a Kennan Institute Title VIII Research Scholar at The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Her academic research looks at social integration, minority rights, nationalism, civil society and democratic transition, with an area specialization in the Baltic Sea Region and post-Soviet space. She has a PhD in International Studies from the University of Washington, which combines the traditional disciplines and methodologies of political science, sociology and anthropology.

Her recent projects include work on banality in Russian-speaker integration in Latvia, looking at the effect of participation in national cultural events (Nationwide Song and Dance Festival) and quotidian interaction. She is also studies Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Latvian service, focusing on the Singing Revolution and fall of the Soviet Union.

Dr. Ekmanis is also the director of the Kursa summer high school program at the West Coast Latvian Education Center.

Research interests

Baltic Sea Region, social integration, minorities, immigration, nationalism, culture, democratization, information, post-Soviet studies, Cold War, diplomacy


Public Radio International, The World/Global Nation, Editor and reporter

Mellon/American Council for Learned Societies, Public Fellow

Foreign Policy Research Institute, Eurasia Initiative, Baltic Sea Fellow

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kennan Institute, Title VIII Researcher (2017-2018)

Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies, Emerging Scholar (2018)