Robert Tucker (on right) with Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev (on left) and Adlai Stevenson.
This fellowship memorializes Robert C. Tucker, the distinguished political scientist, diplomat, and Stalin biographer, who played a critical role in the formation of the Russian and East European Institute as a professor of government at Indiana University. It also honors the work of his student, Stephen F. Cohen, a preeminent scholar of Soviet and Russian political history, who holds two degrees from Indiana University. The fellowship is awarded to an incoming student in the REEI MA program or any other MA program associated with REEI who demonstrates a scholarly interest in the history and politics of the Soviet Union and/or Russia and intends to pursue a career in some field of public service, such as journalism, secondary education, non-profit work, or government service.
Stephen F. Cohen and his wife Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, at a ceremony honoring him in Moscow in 2008.
Awarded every other year (beginning in Fall 2012) the two-year fellowship consists of a tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend of at least $17,500 in the first year. In the second year of study, Tucker-Cohen Fellows receive a small stipend together with support in the form of another fellowship or graduate assistantship so as to provide a total stipend of at least $17,500 as well as tuition remission, and health insurance. For more information about the fellowship, please see this article from the IU News Room. For information on how to give to the Tucker-Cohen Fellowship, please email Mark Trotter or call (812) 855-7309.
Report on the activities of Tucker-COhen/REEI endowed fellowship recipients:
Geoff Durham received his BA in History from Skidmore College in 2012. While focusing on the British Empire in India, he also managed to begin studying Russian and spent a semester in St. Petersburg. After graduation he returned to St. Petersburg and spent two years teaching English. His interests pertain to ethnography and portraitures of different identity groups from the late Imperial period and beyond. He plans to pursue a PhD in History after completing his MA.
Liz Lipschultz is from New Jersey. She attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she majored in Media Studies. In 2008, she began studying Russian in St. Petersburg. After graduating, she moved to Moldova where she taught English at Comrat State University through the Fulbright Program. She also worked on a documentary video project, This Moldovan Blog. Her research interest is Russian media use in Moldova's autonomous region, Gagauzia.