Slavic and Eurasian Studies

CREEES Grad Students Molly Adler, Aleksej Demjanski: 2017–18 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows

Wed, June 7, 2017
CREEES Grad Students Molly Adler, Aleksej Demjanski: 2017–18 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows
Molly Adler and Aleksej Demjanski

Congratulations to CREEES graduate students Molly Adler and Aleksej Demjanski, both selected for the 2017–18 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows cohort by the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law.

Molly and Aleksej were chosen through a highly selective process that included candidates from departments across campus. Both are in the dual degree CREEES/LBJ School of Public Affairs Global Policy Studies program.

Molly's research focuses on the intersection of social technologies and security, with a particular interest in terrorist recruitment methods via social media. In her Brumley Fellowship, she will work under the Center’s Security Institutions and Technology program with the guidance of LBJ School Professor Paul Miller. Her area of focus is the Caucasus.

Aleksej will be working with Ashley Moran, Director of the Strauss Center's State Fragility program. He will research how state institutions combating corruption in Southeast Europe (Balkans) engage with civil society, what that means, and why some such institutions have been more successful in some countries than in others. 

See all of this year's Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows here.

In the Strauss Center's words:

"We wanted to thank all of you in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and CREEES for fostering an environment in which these two prospered and furthered their academic careers, making them excellent additions to the Brumley program. Brumley Graduate Fellows will work starting this fall on a year-long, self-directed research project under the guidance of a UT Austin faculty member."

Now in its third year, the Brumley Next Generation Fellows program provides research training and mentorship opportunities to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students from any program at UT Austin. Involving students in international affairs early in their career is an important part of the Strauss Center’s mission to prepare the next generation of leaders to help develop solutions to the most pressing public policy challenges. 

Graduate Fellows will be paired with a Distinguished Scholar at the Strauss Center conducting research relevant to the Fellow’s degree. Fellows will engage in their own research on a program-relevant topic, and will also assist their Distinguished Scholar with his or her existing research initiatives. In addition to the research component, Fellows are expected to maintain a deep level of engagement with the Strauss Center, attending conferences and events. There will be a monthly Graduate Fellow Colloquium, during which Fellows convene for a lunchtime discussion with a policymaker, practitioner, or visiting scholar to discuss current research work as well as career advancement and development. During these colloquia Fellows will also share their own research, and provide feedback on their peers’ projects.

For more information on the Brumley Next Generation program, please see the program website.


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