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REEI Associate Director Mark TrotterSarah D. Phillips
Director of REEI and Professor of Anthropology

Sarah D. Phillips received her B.A. in Anthropology and Russian from Wake Forest University, and earned an M.A. and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been a faculty member at IU-Bloomington since 2003, where she teaches courses on the Anthropology of Russia and Eastern Europe, Postsocialist Gender Formations, and medical anthropology. Dr. Phillips' research focuses on gender, health, disability, HIV-AIDS, and addiction in Ukraine, and she is collaborating with Dr. Jill Owczarzak (Johns Hopkins U) on a four-year research project funded by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Phillips was elected board member-at-large for the Association for the Advancement of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) (2015-2016), and is Treasurer for the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS).
REEI Associate Director Mark TrotterMark Trotter
Associate Director/ Outreach Coordinator
Mark Trotter received his B.A. from McGill University and M.A. at the University of Michigan. He taught Russian language, Russian culture, and general linguistics at Grinnell College from 1987 to 1993. From 1993 to 2004, Mark taught English, Russian, and linguistics at the Dániel Berzsenyi Teacher Training College in Szombathely, Hungary, returning to the United States in the summers to teach Russian, first at the University of Michigan and subsequently at Indiana University in the Summer Language Workshop (formerly SWSEEL), where he has taught conversation and listening comprehension since 1998. From 2004 to 2007 Mark was Resident Director/Academic Coordinator of the newly initiated Flagship Program in Russian Language, based at Saint Petersburg State University. He sits on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) and serves as national co-chair for the ACTR Olympiada of Spoken Russian. He has been certified by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) as an ACTFL Oral Proficiency Tester for Russian at all levels.
Elliott Nowacky
Student Services Coordinator/
SGIS Military Relations Coordinator
Global and International Studies Building (GA) 4020

Elliott Nowacky Elliott Nowacky received his BA in History and German from Montana State University in 1988. From 1988 until his retirement in 2008 he served as a Field Artillery Officer serving in a wide-variety of leadership and staff assignments here in the United States and overseas. Elliott was also trained as a Russian Foreign Area Officer (FAO) and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute’s Russian Basic Course. As a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany he attended a one-month course at the Russian Diplomatic Academy in Moscow, Russia; interned at the US Embassy in Kiev and was the interim Chief of the Office of Defense Cooperation at the former US Embassy in Almaty, Kazakhstan. During his final deployment before retiring Elliott worked as a Central Asian Analyst for 3rd US Army (FWD) at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. While there he led a team of US Army Engineers on an official visit to military schools in Tashkent and Samarkand, Uzbekistan and was 3rd US Army’s representative at US CENTCOM’s consultative staff talks with military delegations from Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He’s also worked extensively with the Polish Army and was a guest lecturer at the Slovakian Military Academy in Liptovsky Mikulas. After retiring from active duty Elliott received his MA in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Texas at Austin (UT) in 2012. From 2013-16 he was the International Programs Coordinator for Center for Russian and East European and Eurasian Studies also at UT. In addition to managing two federally-funded overseas study abroad programs Elliott served as the Resident Director for UT’s summer Moscow-Texas Connections program at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia (2013) and for their Project Global Officer Program in Batumi, Georgia (2015). He joined the REEI/SGIS staff on November 1, 2017.

Undergraduate Academic Advisor Jennifer AshcraftJennifer Ashcraft
Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Ballantine Hall 737

Jennifer Ashcraft received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Indiana University and a Master’s degree in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She has worked as an academic advisor in IU Athletics, a study abroad advisor at North Carolina State University, and international scholar advisor at IU’s Office of International Services.  She currently serves as Undergraduate Academic Advisor for REEI, as well as Central Eurasian Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Second Language Studies, and Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures. She also serves as the advisor for exchange programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.