Walter Gay ’18
Q: Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major(s)?
University of North Carolina-Greensboro, B.A. International Global Studies/Russian Studies
Q: What do you like about the UNC graduate program in Russian and East European Studies?
The program boasts an impressive collection of academics and researchers who have spent decades gaining invaluable expertise in various disciplines connected to the genre of Russian and Eastern European Studies.
Q: Why did you choose to specialize in this region of the globe?
Since the late 16th century, the region has played a pivotal role in the social, political and economic evolution of the world. As a result, analyzing its history is critical to understanding global current affairs as well as prognosticating future geopolitical trends.
Q: Do you have work and/or study experience in the region?
Q: What are your research interests?
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/socialist 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.
Q: What would you like to do after you graduate?
I hope to have an opportunity to work in either a diplomatic or educational capacity in the region as well as earning a Ph.D. in Russian History.
Q: What are your hobbies? What do you like doing in your free time?
My hobbies include improving my Russian, learning Italian, watching soccer and playing beach volleyball.
Q. What is your favorite visual reminder of the region and why?
A soccer card of Spartak Moscow and Russian soccer legend, Yegor Titov. As an avid soccer fan during my childhood, other than its geographical location, the playing career of Titov and the Spartak Moscow team were the only things I had an in-depth knowledge of concerning Russia.