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Paul Adams

Master's candidate

paul.dow.adams@utexas.edu |
5125087708

Education: MFA in Literature and Creative Writing, Texas State University

Interests: Literature and Culture of Southeastern Europe, (Mis)use of Ancient and Medieval History in Constructing Modern Ethnic Identities, Ethnic and Group Identity in Hellenistic, Byzantine, and Ottoman Southeastern Europe, Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian language(s)

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Molly Adler

Master's Candidate | Teaching Assistant | Brumley Fellow

mollyadler@utexas.edu |
BUR 582

Education: BA International Business and Russian with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies, Juniata College

Interests: Russian | National Security | Emergence of Technologies and Nation Building | Russian Political History | Olympics and International Sporting Events

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Guadalupe Barrientos

Master's candidate

gbarrientos@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Linguistics and Languages, Swarthmore College

Interests: Translation and Interpretation Studies, Foreign and Second Language Acquisition, Russian and Mexican Cultural Overlap, Russian Folk Culture and Traditions

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Jacquelyn Andrea Chorush

Master's candidate

jchorush@utexas.edu

Interests: Russian | Transnational Organized Crime and Globalization in Southeastern Eastern Europe | Impact of Cooperative Enterprises on Enfranchisement of Marginalized Communities | Cryptocurrency | Anonymous and Hacktivism | Research and Advocacy relating to the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence

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Ellery Cushman

Master's candidate

egcushman@gmail.com

Interests: Ethnic violence and Genocide Studies, Humanitarian Interventions, National Security, Rise of Populism in Eastern Europe, Sources of Instability

Michelle Daniel

Master's candidate

michelle.daniel@utexas.edu

Education: Bachelor of Music in Composition, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Russian Geopolitics | 19th and 20th century Russian composers and writers | Modern Russian-Middle East relations | Counterterrorism in the Russian sphere of influence | Russia-China relations and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation | Post-Soviet defense and intelligence | Russian political ideology and history

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Aleksej Demjanski

Master's candidate

demjanskia@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science, The George Washington University

Interests: Social movements, democratization, corruption, rule of law, and contemporary politics in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly the Western Balkans

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Olga Dorman

Master's candidate

olga.dorman7@gmail.com

Education: MA in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, UT Austin

Interests: The development of Belarussian culture, literature, and language under the influence of Polish culture and literature; Belarussian folklore

Alexandra Ni Guerrero

Master's candidate

aguerrero@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Psychology and Russian Studies, UCLA

Interests: National Security | U.S. - Russia politics | Central Asia

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Tracy Heim

Master's candidate

tracyheim@utexas.edu

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music with a minor in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Czech, Russian, music, brass instruments, economics, global policy, geopolitics, business development

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Nicolas Hemlock

Master's candidate

nick.hemlock@utexas.edu

Education: BA in International Relations, Government, and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Russian foreign policy, Russian interaction with Western governing and security institutions, Russian civil society

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Morgan Henson

Master's candidate

morgan_henson16@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in History, Fordham University

Interests: Soviet History, Russian/Ukrainian/Soviet Culture, Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, Sociology

Michael Jurkovic

Master's candidate

mzjurkovic@utexas.edu

Education: BA, History and Language Studies, UC Santa Cruz

Interests: Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bosnian Croatian Serbian languages, Russia, Russian language, Russian and Soviet History, ethnic identity, nationalism, Cold War, Eastern European film

Matthew Orr

Master's candidate

matthew_orr@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Russian Language and Literature, The George Washington University

Interests: Civic Education in Russia, Democratization in the Post-Soviet Space, Contemporary Russian Literature, US-Russian Relations

Thomas Rehnquist

Master's candidate

Education: B.A. History, Bowdoin College

Interests: Russian and Soviet History, Soviet Politics, U.S. Foreign Policy, Film, Basketball

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Nikidrea Rey

Master's candidate

nikidrea.rey@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. International Studies - International Relations with a focus on Global Political Economies, Chaminade University of Honolulu

Interests: Soviet history | U.S.- Russia Defense Cooperation | Russian culture and sphere of influence | Security and stability in post-Soviet States

Audrius Rickus

Master's candidate

audrius.rickus@utexas.edu

Education: Master in Economic Law, Sciences Po Paris - Paris Institute of Political Studies

Interests: Social and Cultural History of the Soviet Union, the Baltic States, Theories of Colonialism, Ethnic Relations, Cultural Studies

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Rebekah Switala

Master's Candidate

Interests: Russian, Polish, and Romanian languages and culture; women and gender; popular culture

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James Wenninger

Master's candidate

james.r.wenninger@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in Diplomacy, Norwich University

Interests: Russian language, employment of Russian statecraft in the post-Soviet sphere

Katherina Wierschke

Master's candidate

kwierschke@utexas.edu |
BUR 584

Education: B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Ethnic Conflict in the Post-Communist Space, Migration Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Russian Foreign Policy, and Relations between Russia and Latin America

Lucia Winkeler

Master's candidate

Lucia.Winkeler@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. of International Studies (Politics and Diplomacy focus) and Modern Languages (Russian), Texas A&M University

Interests: U.S. foreign policy; U.S.-Russian relations; Russian relations to its near abroad; South Caucasus region; international security