Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Aleksej Demjanski


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

Master's Candidate
Aleksej Demjanski

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Balkans, democracy promotion, media freedom, civil society

Biography


Aleksej Demjanski is a dual-degree master's candidate with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the Global Policy Studies program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Political Science magna cum laude with special honors from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. He currently works as the Communications and Social Media Assistant for the academic journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies based out of the Hellenic Foundation for European & Foreign Policy in Athens, Greece. This fall semester he also works as a teaching assistant with the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

While with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Aleksej has expanded on his previous research delving into issues of media freedom, civil society development, and the impact of U.S. and EU democracy promotion efforts in the Balkans and the broader region of Central and Eastern Europe. His research has also explored the intersection of social movements and contemporary politics in the region.

Aleksej was a teaching assistant with the History Department during the 2016-2017 academic year. In the summer of 2017, he received a Title VIII Fellowship from the Department of State's Program for Research and Training on Eastern Europe and Eurasia and studied Albanian in Tempe, Arizona and Tirana, Albania. Likewise, he was a recipient of a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for the 2017-2018 academic year through the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and studied Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. In 2017-2018, Aleksej was also named a Brumley Fellow with the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law where he conducted comparative research on the role of public support and investigative journalism in the legitimization of anti-corruption institutions in Romania and Macedonia. Most recently, Aleksej was a Fulbright researcher in Bucharest and Sofia through Fulbright's Bulgaria-Romania Joint Research Award during the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

Some of Aleksej's previous experiences include working as a program assistant with the National Democratic Institute in Macedonia, as an intern for the Budget and Europe divisions of the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe & Eurasia at the U.S. Department of State, as a legislative intern at the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a Staff Associate with the Elliott School of International Affairs.

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