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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 regularly hosts scholars from the region for talks and visits. 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 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 >>