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Amarandi Barrett | Carrboro, North Carolina
B.A. Environmental Studies, UNC-Greensboro

I grew up between Chapel Hill and Greece, and in 2017 I earned my masters in Southeast European Studies from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. My research interests are in the Western Balkans and Greek security studies, especially in regards to their relations with the US, Turkey, and Russia. More about Amarandi >>

Alastair Ferenbach | Johnson City, Tennessee 
B.A. Russian and Global Studies, Sewanee

Regions like Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the Caucasus are especially rich areas for someone with an interest in linguistics and cultural identity formation. I feel that much of the post-Soviet world is underrepresented in both academia and public channels. I am fascinated with the social and political dynamics of ethnolinguistically diverse regions. More about Alastair >>

Kathryn Goodpaster | Fayetteville, North Carolina
B.A. Peace, War, and Defense, UNC-Chapel Hill

My Russian studies really started in the summer of 2018. My dad had started learning Russian and encouraged me to join him. Since then, I have continued to study Russian, on my own and at UNC. I am very interested in national security as a whole, but I am particularly interested in Russia’s role in international affairs and American foreign policy. More about Kathryn >>

Della Huffines | Raleigh, North Carolina
B.A. History and International Relations, Wofford College

After learning more about the region as an undergraduate, I knew that studying Russian history is what I want to do with my life. I am fascinated by the politics and lived experiences of Stalinist Russia. I am particularly interested in the cultural memory and historic representation of World War II in modern Russia. More about Della >>

Ekaterina Khokhrina | Greensboro, North Carolina
B.A. International and Global Studies, UNC-Greensboro

I was born and raised in Russia, and I believe that knowledge of the region and native language proficiency can help me to effectively study the region. I am interested in studying how women were portrayed in the Russian and French literature about War World II period. More about Ekaterina >>

Haley Morris | Monroe, Louisiana
B.A. Geography and Russian, Brigham Young University

I lived in western Ukraine for 18 months and just fell in love with it. I am fascinated with political geography and how what goes on in Eastern Europe impacts us across the globe. I love the political geography of Eastern Europe, specifically how the region is a shatter belt and a buffer between Western Europe and Russia today. More about Haley >>

Alex Weber | Mebane, North Carolina
B.A. Languages, Literature, and Cultures, UNC-Greensboro

I love Russian politics, music, and culture. I first discovered Russian in 2018 when I decided to search for new music options. Fast forward three years, and I still love the region, culture, and language of Russia. I would love to study the melding of Orthodox theology with Russian politics in greater detail. More about Alex >>