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Rebecca Johnston


M.A., Russian Area Studies, University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Grinnell College,

Rebecca Johnston

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Rebecca Adeline Johnston is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at the University of Texas-Austin, where she studies the history of Soviet culture and cultural politics. Her dissertation is a history of changing conceptions and utilizations of culture in Soviet politics and society during the post-Stalin era. She is broadly interested in Soviet and Global Cold War history, contemporary Russia, and public history. Rebecca has worked extensively as an editor and translator of Russian mass media and within the field of international human rights. Prior to entering the history program, she earned her Master's degree from UT-Austin's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. At the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, she is project lead on the Post-Soviet States: People, Power, and Assets oral history archive. She spent the 2018-2019 academic year conducting archival research in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine as part of the ASEEES Cohen-Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship Program. Her work is currently supported by a UT-Austin Graduate School Continuing Fellowship. She is also the recipient of a 2021-2022 Title VIII Dissertation Completion Grant from the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.

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