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I was born in Mobile, Alabama. I attended the University of South Alabama as an undergraduate where I majored in History. I have always been interested in European History, and in the spring of 2013 I enrolled in “The History of Russia.” The course changed my life, and I have been fascinated by Russia and Eastern Europe ever since. After I completed my requirements at South Alabama, I had the opportunity to live and study in Saint Petersburg, Russia for an entire year. My time abroad was one of the richest and most rewarding experiences I have ever had. This is the sort of trite comment made by nearly everyone who studies abroad, but in this case it happens to be true. I have a wide variety of interests, but I am especially interested in nationalism and ethnic conflict. I am excited to be joining the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate community.

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