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Walter Gay | Trinidad and Tobago
B.A. History, UNC – Greensboro 

My research interests include the resilience of radical intellectual movements in Imperial Russia during the late 19th and early 20th century, the spread of communist ideology in Latin American and the Caribbean after World War II, and the issues of cultural identity among the ethnic Russian diaspora in former Soviet Baltic states. More about Walter >>


Faith Goldsmith | Fayetteville, North Carolina
B.A. Peace, War, Defense and Germanic and Slavic Languages, UNC – Chapel Hill

Russian history, and that of its surrounding regions, seems to take a unique path even today that I find very interesting. I am interested in political youth groups in Russia and Ukraine. UNC’s graduate program brings together my interests in international relations and history with my curiosity about Russia and Eastern Europe. More about Faith >>


James Hepburn | Charleston, South Carolina
B.A. Philosophy and Math, University of South Carolina

I am interested in both the political and intellectual history of Hungary from the 19th century until WWII. I like the UNC-Visegrad program, which seems to be distinctive among East European studies centers in that it focuses on Central Europe, and how scholars from that specific region are regularly hosted. More about James >>


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 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 or the Romanian resistance. More about Stephen >>


Andrew Kapinos | Washington, D.C.
B.A. History, Virginia Tech

It is difficult for me to narrow down my interests, as I have so many. Currently, I want to explore the diplomatic and political relationships between the Soviet Union and the satellite states of Eastern and Central Europe during the Cold War, specifically the Soviet-Czechoslovak relationship. More about Andrew >>


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 >>


Viktoria Sibir | Odessa, Ukraine
M.S. Sea Transportation and Logistics, Odessa National Maritime University

My research interests are hybrid wars, cyber security, military conflicts caused by Russia, nationalism, and country development under the war conditions. After graduation, I would like to develop security and defense in Ukraine, either with the governmental structures or international security organizations. More about Viktoria >>


Logan Smith | Chapel Hill, North Carolina
B.A. Political Science, UNC – Chapel Hill

My research interests are heavily focused on national identity in the Soviet Union and the Balkans and how each region conceptualized identity into citizenship under a communist political system. After graduation, I hope to continue my studies on Russian history and politics by entering into a Ph.D. program. More about Logan >>


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 >>