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Leila Wilmers is a Visiting Scholar in the Sociology Department at Cornell University. Her research interests are in nationalism, identity and collective memory, with a particular focus on the post-Soviet region. Her research builds on prior professional experience in international development and peacebuilding in Russia, the North Caucasus and Central Asia. Her current work explores local narratives of the nation’s continuity in rapidly evolving cities in Russia. She has received research funding awards from the UK Royal Geographical Society and the Institute for Armenian Studies, University of Southern California and her work has been published in Ethnicities and Nationalities Papers.