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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 >>


Stephen Hyland | Phoenix, Arizona
B.A. Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 

While generally interested in security studies of the region, I am trying to narrow it down to a relevant and appropriate research topic. Currently, I am exploring anti-communist insurgencies at the end and following WWII, such as the Cichociemni unit of the Polish resistance and the Romanian resistance. More about Stephen >>


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 >>


Jason Port | Charlotte, North Carolina
B.A. Russian and Security Studies, East Carolina University 

My primary research interests are in contemporary Russian hybrid warfare, cyber warfare, and disinformation. I intend to focus my thesis research on contemporary Russian disinformation and its impact on the security, intelligence, and diplomatic objectives of the United States and its allies. More about Jason >>


Grace Weidemann | Greenville, South Carolina
B.A. History and Religious Studies, College of Charleston 

I have always been interested in Global Studies and am excited to be a part of this program. I enjoy the variety of classes available and the program requirements. I hope to focus my research on women and LGBTQ+ populations in modern Poland. More about Grace >>