Liam Anderson | Charlotte, North Carolina
B.A. Political Science, St. Anselm College

I have always been fascinated by the former Soviet Union, in particular Russia. I really like the variety of classes available in the REEES track – classes in history, political science, and IR. I also appreciate the heavy language focus of the program and I’m looking forward to improving my Russian while I’m here. More about Liam >>


Albert Cavallaro | New York, New York
B.A. History and English, The College of New Jersey

My interest in Russian history is very much connected to my interest in understanding the production of history, as I believe that the twentieth century political climates within both the United States and the USSR/Russia uniquely affected the writing of history, thus making work on this field more urgent than others. More about Albert >>


James Davis | Jackson, Georgia
Foreign Area Officer, US Army

I currently serve in the US Army as a Foreign Area Officer in training (FAO). My regional focus is in Europe and Eurasia, and my research interests revolve around security studies and the history of the region. Prior to joining the program, I worked at the US Embassy in Warsaw, Poland.
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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 >>


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 >>


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 >>


William Zang | Colfax, North Carolina
B.A. History, UNC – Greensboro

I began studying Russian history in my first year in college. I want to research Soviet relations with South America, specifically with countries other than Cuba, because that is a fairly well researched topic. I like the small cohort size of the REEES track and I feel very welcomed and supported at this point. More about William >>