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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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Cullan Bendig

Master's candidate

cbendig@utexas.edu |
BUR 584

Education: B.A. in History and Political Science, University of Vermont

Interests: 19th and 20th century Central European history | Czech history | National identity | Persistence of cultural and economic institutions across regime changes | Imperialism | Public History

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Jacob Bennett

Graduate student

jkhbennett@utexas.edu

Interests: Russian history, Great Power politics, Russia-China relations

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Stephen Detty

Graduate Student

smdetty@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in History - Boise State University, Master of Defense and Strategic Studies - University of Texas at El Paso

Interests: -Security and Strategic Studies -Information Operations -Modern Large Scale Combat Operations -Political and Security Arrangements in Eurasia -Armed Forces of the Russian Federation -Slavic Identity and Nationalism -Russian Strategic Interests and Actions in Africa

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Nicole Farrell

Master's Candidate

nefarrell@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in History, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: WWII-era Poland, Jewish identity in Poland (historical and contemporary), urban and museum studies in Warsaw, far-right/nationalist politics in Poland

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Sergio Glajar

Graduate student

sergio.glajar@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Philosophy, St. Edward's University; J.D., Emory University School of Law

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Taylor Ham

Graduate student

brittanytham@utexas.edu |
214-538-8350

Education: Master of Arts - Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas - Austin

Interests: Russian Foreign Policy, Military History, Intelligence, and Counterterrorism

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Adam Hanzel

Master's Candidate

adam_hanzel@utexas.edu |
9723584505

Education: B.A. in Russian, E European & Eurasian Studies; B.A. in Linguistics, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Russian Far Right Ideation | Russian Orthodox Church Socio-Political Ideology | Propaganda Analysis | Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Federation Symphonia | Russian Orthodox Church Missions | Old Believers | Computational Linguistics | Sentiment Analysis | Deep Learning and Neural Networks | natural language processing | discourse and pragmatics | NLP in social contexts.

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Taylor Helmcamp

Graduate student

taylor.helmcamp@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Global Affairs, University of Texas at San Antonio

Interests: Russian Foreign Policy, Weaponization, Energy Politics, U.S.-EU-Russia relations, U.S.-Russia-China relations, Great Power Politics, Diplomacy and Business, Energy Law

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Lindsay Hodge

Master's Candidate

lindsayhodge@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. International Studies and Russian Language; Minor: Economics, University of South Alabama

Interests: International Trade and Finance, US-Russia Relations

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Zachary Johnson

Graduate student

zjohnson@utexas.edu |
9492901053

Interests: Russian Language, Russian Geopolitics, Soviet History, Khrushchev Era/de-Stalinization , US-Russia Relations & Diplomacy in the Age of Putin , American Business interests in Eastern Europe

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Alexandra Jovanovic

Master's candidate

Education: B.A. in International Security Studies, University of Oklahoma

Interests: International Security, Nuclear Policy, Energy & Security, U.S.-Russia Relations

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Michael Kiel

Master's Candidate

michaeldkiel@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in German and Geography, Vassar College

Interests: Russian; German; Geography; Central Asia; Balkans; Caucuses; International Development; Democracy Promotion; Cities

Elena Kohn

Graduate student

ellie.kohn@utexas.edu |
6462178101

Education: Master's, UT Austin

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Terry Orr

Master's Candidate

terry.orr@utexas.edu |
512 304 0909

Education: BA Classical Archaeology, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Romanian culture, language, and political transformation since overthrow of Communist regime.  Romanian Orthodox Church iconography.

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Rachel Quiles

Graduate student

Rachel_Quiles@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Russian Language and Slavic and East European Studies, Baylor University, UT Austin

Interests: Early Slavic History and Folklore, 19th Century Russian literature, Russian Orthodoxy

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Mykhaylo (Misha) Simanovskyy

Graduate student

simanovskyy@utexas.edu

Education: B.S. Political Science, with emphasis in the Middle East Studies. Minors: History, Geography, Texas Christian University

Interests: Russian foreign policy, Russian history, Soviet history, U.S. foreign policy, US-Russia relations, Ukrainian politics, Ukrainian history, Russian language in Ukraine, Russian geopolitics in Central Asia and the Caucuses, Soviet cinematography, Polish language, Arabic language

Generra Strankschreier

Graduate Student

strankschreier@utexas.edu

Education: Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: multilingualism, language usage

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Lera Toropin

Master's Candidate

toropin@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Japanese, minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Penn State University

Interests: Post-Soviet Russia, Putinism, grassroots cultural exchange programs, U.S.-Russia relations, foreign diplomacy, national security, relationship between Russia's government and its citizens, Russian political protests

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Neal Vogel

Master’s Candidate

Neal.vogel@utexas.edu |
5122271378

Education: BA History, Baylor University

Interests: Russian Cultural History, History of Identities, Slavic Literature

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Theodore Warner

Master's candidate

theowarner@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Political Science, Texas State University

Interests: Diplomacy, National Security, Russia-United States Relations, Russian Political Culture

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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

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Kathryn Yegorov-Crate

Master's Candidate

kyegorov@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. International Studies, B.A. Slavic Languages & Literatures with a focus in Russian, minor in Anthropology, Indiana University Bloomington

Interests: Indigeneity, Indigenous peoples of the Circumpolar North, ethnic minorities in Russia, non-Slavic Russians, decolonization, climate change, environmental racism


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    The University of Texas at Austin
    2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600
    Burdine Hall 452
    Austin, TX 78712
    512–471–3607