My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of two areas: rural sociology and post-socialist studies. This combination of research areas is reflective of my unusual personal journey to sociology that started in the early 1980s in Lithuania with my undergraduate training as a food-processing engineer and 2 years of employment at a large meat processing plant. Upon coming to US to study sociology, I was recruited to work in a large agricultural research program at Michigan State University, where I received my PhD. My undergraduate degree proved to be very handy while studying and writing about oilseeds, beef and pork industries. Since arriving to ECU in 2000, my research agenda has gradually shifted from agro-food studies to post-Soviet rural restructuring, as well as other aspects of post-socialist transformation in the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. I facilitated a number of ECU faculty visits to and collaborative research with colleagues in various universities in Lithuania. I also helped to recruit three graduate students from Lithuania to our MA program in Sociology. In the last 4-5 years, I began a very productive collaboration with scholars at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO), Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Sweden. REMESO is one of the leading research centers in the European Union specializing in the Baltic region countries. The stream of scholarly work that was produced in this collaboration represents our contribution to the debates on responses by European Union, international organizations and national governments to the global recession of 2009-2010 and its aftermath.