Slavic and Eurasian Studies

MA Student Morgan Henson Awarded "Home and Abroad Scholarship" to Study, Intern in Vladivostok

Thu, January 17, 2019
MA Student Morgan Henson Awarded
Morgan Henson in Kyiv, Ukraine

CREEES graduate student Morgan Henson will be in Vladivostok, Russia, this Spring semester to research and write for The School of Russian and Asian Studies' (SRAS) policy-oriented platform, GeoHistory. The site is dedicated to "discussing history and current events within the grounded context of geography, economics, and public opinion." He was awarded SRAS's competitive Home and Abroad Scholarship, which combines a semester of intensive language study and research in the home country with a semester abroad studying and participating in an internship. Interested readers can keep up with Morgan's publications for the site on his GeoHistory author page. The Home and Abroad program supports interests and knowledge in fields as diverse as economics, translation, history, pop culture, language, and art.

Morgan is a dual degree Master's candidate with CREEES and the LBJ School of Public Affairs' Global Policy Studies Program. He is also a recipient of CREEES' prestigious Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship this year for the study of Russian language. The Home and Abroad Scholarship will not only allow him to travel to Vladivostok for the semester to continue his Russian language study, but he will also be receiving credit for the Global Policy Studies internship requirement while abroad.

Morgan spent last summer in Kyiv learning Russian and Ukrainian with FLAS Fellowship funding, studying Ukrainian history and culture with CREEES' Dr. Oksana Lustyshyna, as well as completing an internship in international education. Before coming to UT, he participated in SRAS’s Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space program, which was based in Chisinau, Moldova. While on that program, he visited Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Russia, and Romania to discuss political disputes in the region, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.


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