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.
Kayleigh Fischietto, originally hailing from Cleveland, OH, earned a BA from Georgetown University with a major in Russian Language & Literature. In 2014 she spent a semester in St. Petersburg studying Russian while volunteering at the Hermitage. Her research interests include gender and sexuality in early post-revolutionary Russia as well as the interaction between Finnic peoples and early Novgorodians. She is currently completing a dual MA/MLS in order to pursue a career in Slavic area studies librarianship.
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.
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.
Lina Meilus graduated with a BA in International Studies and a BFA in Fine Art from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2013. Her interest in Russia and Eastern Europe comes from her Lithuanian heritage and growing up listening to stories about WWII and life in the Soviet Union. Lina studied abroad in St. Petersburg and interned with an orgazation that teaches Russian to the children of labor migrants. Lina is interested in labor and migration and demographic shifts in Russia as well as how Soviet institutions adapted and changed during the transition from a communist to a capitalist state.
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.
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.
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.