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Dr. Padraic KenneyPadraic Kenney
Director of REEI and Professor of History
My work as a writer and a teacher has been shaped by a desire to understand the dynamics of communist societies, in particular those of Eastern Europe. I have written on the experience of workers in early Communist Poland, on the gendered nature of anti-communist opposition, on social movements in the fall of communism in Central Europe, and on Eastern Europe's road from communism. Currently, I am researching a book on political prisoners in the twentieth-century world. In this project, I reach as far back as Poland under Tsarist Russian rule, and as far afield as South Africa and Ireland, to investigate whether there are common experiences in the political prisoner's cell that might help us to understand this loneliest of political protests.
REEI Associate Director Mark TrotterMark Trotter
Associate Director/ Outreach Coordinator
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Mark Trotterreceived 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.
Emily Liverman
Academic Advisor/
Assistant Director for Student Services
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Emily Liverman received her Bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Russian Studies. She then received her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, where her thesis was about issues with translating poetry. She was lucky enough to have participated in SWSEEL in 2007. Her interests focus mainly on literature, but she also enjoys history. She has also participated in conferences held by South Central Modern Languages Association, as audience, panelist, secretary and chair.
Academic Advisor Jennifer AshcraftJennifer Ashcraft
Academic Advisor
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Owen Hall 097A

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 Academic Advisor for REEI, as well as Central Eurasian Studies, Second Language Studies, and the Institute of European Studies.  She also serves as the International Student Specialist for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Mary Belding
Administrative/Graduate Secretary
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Mary Belding received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Speech Communication from Indiana University. She has worked as a meeting planner for four professional associations – the Organization of American Historians, the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus, the International Society of Arboriculture, and the American Oil Chemists’ Society – organizing conferences and events throughout the US and abroad.