REEI MA Students
Anna Arays received her BA at Oberlin College, where she studied English and fine art. She has been working in libraries for almost seven years, and her Russian language skills have continually been an asset for her work in special collections, rare books, preservation, and cataloging. She is pursuing a dual MLS/MA at IU, and hopes to find work in a government, academic, or museum library. Her interests are the history of printing and publishing in Russia (particularly samizdat), as well as Polish language and culture and Latvian language and culture.
Charles Bonds a native New Mexican, attended Portland State University for Russian and History. By the grace of several gods he found himself in love with Russia during a study abroad semester in the fall of 2008. He has diverse interests and is humbled and excited by the prospect of joining ranks with the fine scholars at REEI and Indiana University. He plans to continue his studies in a doctoral program after picking up some Yiddish and cementing his historiography skills at REEI.
Connor Cleary received his BA at Boston College, where he studied International Relations and Russian culture. His involvement with Russia and Eastern Europe began when he lived in Warsaw and later Moscow with US Embassies in both cities. Pursuing a dual degree with REEI and SPEA at IU, his interests include the implications of climate change on Russian petroleum and natural resource extraction, with a focus on the Arctic.
Crystal DeCell grew up in Idaho and graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2007 with a major in Russian and Eurasian Studies and from the University of Idaho in 2010 with a major in History. She is interested in the impact of political regimes on the practice of science and how nations use technology and natural resources in pursuit of security and political supremacy.
Chris Flynn got his bachelor's in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana University, and then continued on at the same university as a graduate student at REEI to study the Russia and surrounding nations' cultures and their interactions. He also has an interest in linguistics, although currently not studying it. Chris works at IU's Slavica Publishers and heading the weekly Russian Conversation Table.
G.W. Gibson was born and raised in Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2011 with a B.A. in Russian Studies. He spent the Fall of 2012 studying in Vladimir, Russia. G.W. is interested in the development of late Soviet and Russian foreign policy from the Gorbachev era to today, particularly the evolution of defense policy. He hopes to find work in a Washington think tank after graduation.
Brianna Greenwald received BAs from CUNY's Hunter College in Spanish literature and Russian. During her undergraduate studies, she worked at Cabrini Immigrant Services as an office manager and the Hungarian Cultural Center as an assistant event coordinator. After studying abroad and teaching ESL in Ukraine, Brianna decided to pursue an MA in the field with a focus on public policy and the region's marginalized populations.
Josh Harris graduated with a B.A. in Russian and English literature from the University of the South in 2007. He spent a year in fourteen eastern and central European countries pursuing a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship project entitled Blades and Rails: Ice Hockey, Train Travel, and Slavic Culture in the Former Soviet Bloc. He currently resides in Bloomington, where he's pursuing an M.A. in post-soviet Polish cultural studies and Russian postmodernist literature. He hopes to join the M.P.A. program at SPEA and pursue a career in development or foreign service.
Alexander Herbert received his BA from Wheaton College (MA) in history and Russian Studies. In the summer of 2011 Alexander studied the Russian language at the Linguistics University in Nizhny Novgorod, where he increased his skill in Russian over an intensive three month period. In the summer of 2012, Alexander worked at the State History Museum in Red Square as a translator for the museum's multilingual library. Alexander's interests are focused on the early 19th century, particularly the reign of Alexander I and the Alaskan colonies. Aside from formal studies, Alexander is also working on a independent project studying the development of Russian punk rock from the Soviet Union to the present day. While not related to his primary interests, this project is connecting him with the often ignored Russian underground youth movements. This is introducing him to a more nuanced study of social history, which has inevitably begun to influence his approach to the early 19th century.
Peter Jensen is originally from Indianapolis, but graduated from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio in 2012, double-majoring in Russian & Central Eurasian Studies and International Diplomacy. Study abroad experiences in Russia and Georgia have helped develop his interest in post-Soviet nationalities questions and political relations between former Soviet republics, primarily Russia and the countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Following REEI, he plans to pursue employment in a think tank, the public sector, and eventually to pursue a Ph.D. and teach political science at the college level.
Hannah Kay graduated in 2008 with a BA in Russian from Truman State University. She has taught English both as a Fulbright ETA in Izhevsk, Russia and as part of a Georgian government program in Manglisi, Georgia, where she developed interests in the post-Soviet economies of Russia and the Caucasus. She is pursuing a dual MA/MBA.
Coady Kleinert is originally from Lexington, KY and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Russian Studies in 2008. She spent a summer studying in Vladimir, Russia in 2006. Coady spent a year doing Teach for America in Indianapolis before starting graduate school. She is interested in literature and religion in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Leonard Leid grew up a farmer in rural Pennsylvania and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations. He became interested in Romanian studies after a series of trips there in the past several years. More specifically, he is interested in the movements of trafficked people, the Romani in Eastern Europe, and collective memory of the Communist years. He participated in SWSEEL 2010 by studying Macedonian.
Liz Lipschultz is from New Jersey. She attended Pitzer College in Claremont, CA where she majored in Media Studies. In 2008, she began studying Russian in St. Petersburg. After graduating, she moved to Moldova where she taught English at Comrat State University through the Fulbright Program. She also worked on a documentary video project, This Moldovan Blog. Her research interest is Russian media use in Moldova's autonomous region, Gagauzia.
Kelly Lostroscio is originally from Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Dallas. She graduated from IU with her B.A. in Russian and Criminal Justice in 2007. In the spring of 2006, she studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. This experience influenced her research interests in economic development in the former Soviet Union and former Yugoslavia. She is currently pursuing a joint MA/MPA degree and is studying Serbo-Croatian.
Ross Martin grew up in Lebanon, Ohio, and graduated from Lebanon High School in 2008. He then went to The Ohio State University, where he double majored in Russian and International Studies. Following his time at OSU, he entered the REEI program, where he plans to study relations between Russia and the former Soviet countries, focusing primarily on Central Asia.
Rebecca Mueller grew up in central Wisconsin and received her B.A. in Anthropology from Smith College in May 2008. After college, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania. Rebecca is an REEI M.A. student interested in contemporary Southeast European culture, politics, and diaspora communities. She speaks Albanian and began studying Croatian through SWSEEL during the summer of 2011.
Pat Nielan attended Manhattan College, receiving a degree in History and Government in 2009. After graduation he completed his Trinity TESOL in English as a Foreign Language. He worked in Prague briefly and then for a private language school in Karaganda and Astana, Kazakhstan from 2010-2013. He is interested in the legacy of the Soviet Union as it pertains to the political, economic and cultural relationships between Russia and the CIS.
Kyle Norweg was born and raised in Maine, and graduated with a BA in International Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington. After having tried his hand at aviation, he decided to use his German language skills and study abroad in Austria. This is where his love for international affairs really took off. After starting at UMF, Kyle took a class with a former US diplomat who toured in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. And for reasons unbeknownst to Kyle, the area captivated him. Since, Kyle has been conducting research related to the Western Balkans and modern Russia. He will focus his language training and Master's program on Southeastern Europe. He is interested in obtaining work in either the public or private sector. Also, as a student-athlete and a high school athletics coach, he is interested in researching the role sports have in diplomacy and international relations.
Chris Roush received his B.A. in Intelligence Studies from the American Military University. Chris is interested in Soviet History, especially the operations and influences of the Soviet intelligence and security apparatus. He hopes to pursue a Ph.D. after completion of his M.A. degree.
Brittany Shelmon, originally from Lafayette, Indiana, graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2013 with a BA in History focusing in 20th Century Wars and Post-Conflict Societies. She became enticed with Eastern Europe during her time studying abroad in the Former Yugoslavia. Through the dual degree program with SPEA and REEI at IU, she looks forward to continuing her study of the Balkans. Brittany is excited to start her classes at IU and to meet others with similar interests.
Damon Smith is a dual degree student at REEI and SPEA. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a double major in Geography and History in 2008. After earning his BA, he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine for three years. His specific academic interests include international development and Polish/Ukrainian relations. Upon graduation, he would like to work for the State Department or an international development agency connected with the region.
Jennifer Strayer is pursuing a dual degree with REEI and SLIS with hope of becoming a government or academic librarian. She graduated in 2009 from Hastings College in Nebraska with a degree in Musicology and History. Her interests include history and culture of the Balkans and cultural destruction in times of conflict. In her free time, she is a member of IU's All Campus Band. Jennifer is currently on academic leave, but will be returning in Fall 2014.
Karen Timko received her BA at Drew University, where she studied English and Russian. She is pursuing a dual MA/MLS at IU, and hopes to find work in an academic or museum library. Her interests include Western Slavic languages and literatures, the Polish culture during the Partitions, Polish-Russian relations, and twentieth century Soviet/Russian art.
Elizabeth Tomlinson is from Starkville, Mississippi and graduated from Rhodes College in 2012 with a double-major in International Studies and Russian. She has studied Russian in St. Petersburg and Kazan, and she has spent the last year traveling through the Former Soviet Union and teaching English through a government initiative in Georgia. She is interested in post-Soviet development and democratization.
Anastasia Wypasek grew up in Akron, Ohio and graduated from Saint Francis University in 2008 with a degree in history and English Literature. She is interested in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Polish history and literature.
Gregory Zorko is from Albany, New York. He studied History and English at SUNY Plattsburgh in northern New York. After completing his undergraduate studies he took a year off from school to work on writing and publishing his poetry. His area of focus is the history of Russian literature, particularly the avant-garde literary movements of the early twentieth century. He also has an interest in the history and theory of the novel as a literary genre.