REEI MA Students
Gregory Aimaro majored in contemporary global studies at Lewis University, and has received additional training through the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute and IU’s own SLW. He has participated in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s research seminar. His research interests are the Holocaust and German Occupation in Ukraine.
Clare Angeroth Franks completed her BA in Russian Area Studies and French at Saint Olaf College in 2014. She looks forward to building her language development as she continues her studies. She is working with Wookjin Cheun as the Library Assistant GA this year.
Alexandra Blaha graduated from the Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic and is interested in how hydrocarbons, energy policy, and economics impact Russia’s foreign policy.
Robert Breen is an Active Duty Air Force Officer, coming to us from the US Air Force Academy. He’ll train to be a pilot and then teach history at the USAFA. He would like to purse the Air Force’s Regional Area Specialist (the Air Force’s everyday diplomats) career track.
Megan Burnham studied Comparative Politics and Cultures at Michigan State University and her interests are quite topical, focusing on Russian media rhetoric and interference.
Alyse Camus double majored in REES and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is pursuing a dual degree with Library Science and is interested in the intellectual and artistic interactions between Russia and the US in the early 20th Century. She will be working with Wookjin Cheun this year as the Library Assistant GA.
Tiffany Confer studied Russian and Slavic Studies at the University of Arizona and she plans to pioneer rehabilitation and sports clinics for peoples with disabilities in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Russell “Russ” Gifford double majored in Russian Language and Political Science at Ohio University. Is currently pursuing a dual master’s degree with Public Affairs (SPEA) and is interested in improving language skills while learning more about policy creation and optimization.
Bryce Hecht received his BS in Political Science from Grand Valley State University in April 2018. Upon receipt of his MA, he intends to pursue a PhD in political science. His research interests are comparative political behavior, comparative authoritarianism, and Russian and post-Soviet politics. He is particularly interested in the determinants of regime stability in Russia.
Teuta Ismaili graduated from the University of Zagreb and will focus her research on nationalism in the Balkans, particularly the period around the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. She will be working for REEI as the Webmaster GA this year.
Wondy Joseph majored in Political Science from University of Florida. She studied abroad in Prague, where she first became interested in the Russian language and culture. She looks forward to continuing her language development and continuing to research quality of life in Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Nicholas Jackson studied Comparative Politics and Cultures at Michigan State University. He has been working in various capacities for a couple of years and is looking forward to studying and researching diplomacy, especially as it pertains to the former Yugoslavia.
Amanda Lawnicki graduated in May 2014 with a BA from Beloit College in International Relations and Russian. She first became interested in Eastern Europe after learning about the Ukrainian Holodomor in a high school dual-enrollment class. She eventually studied abroad in Moscow, and later through SIT in Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo. Following graduation, she received a fellowship from Beloit's Weissberg Program in Human Rights to work at the Center for Peacebuilding in Sanski Most, Bosnia & Herzegovina. For her MA, she is interested in studying democracy and civil society in post-communist/post-conflict Eastern Europe, and in particular the Western Balkans.
Kayla MacDavitt has already moved to Bloomington. She is currently a FEMA reservist and studied Psychology and Russian at St. Thomas University. She is excited to study the region in preparation for a career serving her country in the civil or foreign service.
Madeleine McCann this year’s incoming Byrnes Fellow, studied Russian and East European Studies at the University of Chicago. She’ll be researching national conflicts and minority politics in Russian borderlands and preparing for a PhD program.
Rachel Julia Myers is pursuing an MA in Russian and East European Area Studies and a JD from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Her research interests include comparative and international law, particularly focusing on local and regional court administration. Prior beginning law school in 2017, Myers worked at the American Bar Association in the Rule of Law Initiative, coordinating legal education programs in the Middle East & North Africa Division, and as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at Udmurt State University in Izhevsk, Russia. Myers received her BA from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 2014.
Emily Ollis is seeking dual MA degrees in REES and Library Science. She is interested in Russian literature and the digitization of Russian cultural and historical texts. She majored in English and double minored in Russian and Animal Studies at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.
Nikola Parlic the inaugural Erne Fellow, studied International Political Economy and Russian at Beloit College. He looks forward to increasing his linguistic proficiency and researching and understanding the political and economic challenges of Russia and Serbia.
Max Pirogov graduated with a MA in Economics from University of Missouri-Columbia. His research interest is inRussian and Soviet Union foreign policy, international conflict resolution and transitional economy.
Morgan Richardson graduated from the University of Tulsa, and has just returned from a year in Kazan on Fulbright. She will be pursuing a dual degree with SPEA and is interested in the relationship between media usage and regime type.
Michelle Schulte graduated from Kenyon College with a Classics major and is pursuing a dual degree with Library Science. Her research interest is in language usage in the library space, as well as access.
Alexandra "Sasha" Stott graduated summa cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016 with a double major in History and Russian, a minor in Anthropology, and a certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies. I am looking forward to advancing my Russian language skills and getting started in the world of Library Science.
Mark Tyson graduated from James Madison University and comes to REEI after spending time in Kiev, living off the tourist-beaten path, working as a private English tutor, and improving his language skills. He is interested in researching corruption and political systems.
Austin Wilson studied history at IU before teaching English in China for a year. He is excited to return to IU to research Soviet/Russian-Chinese relations before and after the Civil War.