Hammer and Silicon:
The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy

Sheila Puffer will discuss her latest book, Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy — Immigration, Innovation, Institutions, Imprinting, and Identity , coauthored with Daniel J. McCarthy and Daniel M. Satinsky (Cambridge University Press, 2018), at this lunch event.
This deeply personal book tells the untold story of the significant contributions of technical professionals from the former Soviet Union to the US innovation economy, particularly in the sectors of software, social media, biotechnology, and medicine. Drawing upon in-depth interviews, it channels the voices and stories of more than 150 professionals who emigrated from 11 of the 15 former Soviet republics between the 1970s and 2015, and who currently work in the innovation hubs of Silicon Valley and Boston/Cambridge. The resulting mosaic of perspectives provides valuable insight into the impact of immigration on US economic development, specifically in high technology and innovation.
Sheila M. Puffer is University Distinguished Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, where she is a professor of international business at the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. She is also an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University, and has served as program director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America. In 2015 she was a visiting research professor at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and is a fellow at the Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia at New York University in 2019. Her coauthored book, Hammer and Silicon: The Soviet Diaspora in the US Innovation Economy , was published by Cambridge University Press in 2018. Dr. Puffer has been recognized as the #1 scholar internationally in business and management in Russia, the former Soviet Union, and Eastern Europe. Dr. Puffer earned a diploma from the executive management program at the Plekhanov Institute of the National Economy in Moscow, and holds BA (Slavic Studies) and MBA degrees from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and a PhD in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm

Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E St NW
This event is on the record and open to the media.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (IERES)
Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University
1957 E Street, NW / Suite 412 / Washington, DC 20052
Tel (202) 994-6340 / Fax (202) 994-5436 / Email  ieresgwu@gwu.edu