She also is director of Tomsk State's European Union Centre in Siberia, which promotes the European Union as a strategic partner of Russia through education, research and outreach to young people, business professionals, educational institutions, and nongovernmental organizations. From 2012-15 she holds a Jean Monnet Chair, a teaching post supported by a grant from the European Union to promote EU-related scholarship.
Larisa is the author of Great Powers, Small Wars: Asymmetric Conflict Since 1945 (Woodrow Wilson Center Press/Johns Hopkins University Press), which surveys armed conflicts post-World War II in which one power is much stronger than the other. In 2009, she was a Fulbright-Kennan Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
Along with several international and Russian scholars, Larisa co-authored the first university peace studies textbook to be used in Russia.
Larisa began her master’s degree at the Kroc Institute after completing her Ph.D. in history in Russia. Her M.A. has helped her make peace studies a more prominent course of study in her home country.
“At the Kroc Institute I received solid confirmation that peace studies is a respected academic field with a broad international community,” she said. “Because of my degree, since I have returned to Russia my expertise has been very much in demand. I am regarded as a unique specialist here.”
— Renée LaReau, updated May 2014