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Graduate Student Associates

CREES Graduate Student Associates include University of Michigan, Ann Arbor students enrolled in center graduate programs or specializing in Russian, East European, or Eurasian studies in other graduate-level departmental or professional degree programs. Learn more and apply here.

Ariana Bancu

Ph.D., Linguistics

Research Interests: language contact, multilingualism, grammatical transfer, documentation of endangered languages

Regional Interests: Central Europe, Eastern Europe

Erina Baci

Ph.D., Anthropology

Research Interests: prehistory of Kosovo and Albania, geographic information system (GIS), settlement pattern analysis 

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe

Cristian Capotescu

Ph.D., History

Research Interests: global and world history, modern East-Central Europe, humanitarianism, socialism and post-socialism, austerity economics, state welfare, social unrest

Regional Interests: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Hungary, Romania

Charles Crabtree

Ph.D., Political Science

Research Interests: censorship, propaganda, authoritarian regimes, human rights, post-Soviet politics

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Russia, Former Soviet Union, East Germany

Sasha de Vogel

Ph.D., Political Science

Research Interests: mass mobilization, contentious politics, protest, repression, authoritarianism, regime stability

Regional Interests: Armenia, Caucasus, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union, Russia

Michael Goodyear

J.D., Law

Research Interests: Byzantine history, law, migrations, and minorities; Ottoman history, migrations, and minorities; contemporary Greek, Turkish, Balkan, and Armenian politics; Nomadic invasions of Eastern Europe; Greek-Turkish foreign relations; European Union law and Eastern European members

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Armenia, Caucasus, Greece, Balkans, Turkey

William Forrest Holden

Ph.D., History

Research Interests: gender, empire, Russian Empire, public sphere, enlightenment

Regional Interests: Baltics, Central Asia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia

Jane Kitaevich

Ph.D., Political Science

Research Interests: political psychology, nation-building, democratic transitions, regime change, collective memory, identity politics, nationalism, ethnic conflicts, politics of education, separatism, regionalism, civil society/public spheres, protest movements, sociological and historical institutionalism, religion and politics, citizenship and immigration, ideological parties, politics of distribution

Regional Interests: Armenia, Baltics, Caucasus, Central Asia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union, Poland, Russia

Nadiya Kostyuk

Ph.D., Political Science and Public Policy

Research Interests: State cyber capacity and institutions, cybersecurity policy, cyber conflict (causes and consequences), international security

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Russia, Former Soviet Union

Aleksandra Marciniak

Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures

Research Interests: 20th-century Russian and Polish poetry, Russian rap, identity building, cults of personality, new media

Regional Interests: Russia, Poland

McKenna Marko

Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures

Research Interests:  Hungarian and Yugoslav cinema & literature 

Regional Interests: Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Hungary

Alexander McConnell

Ph.D., History

Research Interests: Russian and Soviet social and cultural history, Soviet film history, language and subjectivity

Regional Interests: Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union, Russia

Carrie Ann Morgan

Ph.D., Linguistics and Anthropology

Research Interests: linguistic nationalism and standard languages, sociolinguistic variation and change, socialism and post-socialism

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Albania, Kosovo, Balkans, Southeastern Europe

Györgyi Parditka

Ph.D., Anthropology

Research Interests: Bronze Age societies, Hungary, Serbia, funerary practices, variations in social organization, social identity, children in the past

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Hungary

Davor Petric

LL.M., Law

Research Interests: European law, constitutional law, jurisprudence, judicial politics

Regional Interests: European Union, Western Balkans

Lediona Shahollari

Ph.D., History

Research Interests: nation-building, post-Ottoman, migration, exile, population exchanges, Islam, cartography, diasporas, memory politics

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Balkans, Turkey, Eastern Mediterranean

Albana Shehaj

Ph.D., Political Science

Research Interests: Comparative political economy, democratization, clientelism and corruption, identity politics including migration and populism, electoral representation

Regional Interests: Eastern Europe, Southeastern Europe, Balkans

Kristefer Stojanovski

Ph.D., Health Behavior and Health Education

Research Interests: human rights and health issues faced by marginalized populations—including Roma and LGBTQ+ persons—in the Balkans

Regional Interests: Southern Eastern Europe, Balkans

Roya Talibova

Ph.D., Political Science and Scientific Computing

Research Interests: political violence, state repression, civil conflict, human rights, Russian and Eurasian politics

Regional Interests: Caucasus, Central Asia, Former Soviet Union, Russia

Heather Tidrick

Ph.D., Anthropology and Social Work

Research Interests: Roma/Gypsies, racial ideologies, post-socialism, influence of state policies on individuals and ethnic communities, Romani education and assimilation/integration issues, Hungarian child welfare policy, development of Romani children in state institutions

Regional Interests: Romania, Hungary

Iride Tomazic

Ph.D., Anthropological Archaeology

Research Interests: archaeology, osteology

Regional Interests: Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, southern Carpathian basin