Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Brian Selman


B.A. in Russian Language and Culture and International Relations and Global Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Master's Candidate | Teaching Assistant
Brian Selman

Contact

  • Phone: (409) 224-0943
  • Office: BUR 582
  • Office Hours: WTh 2-3:30
  • Campus Mail Code: F3600

Interests


Cultural Conflict in Russia and Ukraine | Celebrity Culture under the Putin Regime | U.S. Cultural and Public Diplomacy | Soviet Nostalgia and its Effects | Regional Organizations in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Biography


Brian Selman is a master's candidate and teaching assistant for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with Highest Honors with a double major in Russian Language and Culture and International Relations and Global Studies with minors in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Government, and History in May 2014.

Brian also graduated with special honors from the department of International Relations and Global Studies after completing a year-long undergraduate honors thesis entitled Soviet Nostalgia and the CIS which applied late Harvard Professor Svetlana Boym’s methodology of extracting meaning from cultural artifacts in order to try to understand the failure of the Commonwealth of Independent States as a regional organization. In the thesis, he attributes the failure of the CIS to diverging strands of Soviet nostalgia in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. He presented his thesis both at the end-of-year International Relations and Global Studies honors symposium, and during Research Week at UT. He is excited to have the opportunity to continue his research as a master's candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. Brian is currently researching cultural conflict between Russia and Ukraine as well as Putin's cultural policy, topics which he is developing into his master's thesis.

During his time away from Austin, Brian received his EFL certification in May 2015 from Language Link Russia, one of the largest providers of English language teaching services in the Russian Federation, where he completed a year-long English teaching internship at the Domodedovskaya-Orekhovo school located in southeastern Moscow.