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For over 50 years, the University of Michigan has been training Russian, East European, and Eurasian specialists. Many alumni from CREES and other degree programs have gone on to have distinguished careers in a variety of fields. Alumni are invited to share news on your activities since graduation. Please email with your name, class year(s), degree(s), current activities, as well as address updates so that we may send you occasional postings. Please let us know if we may post this news on our website and if we may share your contact information with current students or recent alumni interested in pursuing an internship or career in your field.


Alumni, please send news on your activities since graduation to Include your name, class year(s), degree(s), current activities, as well as address updates so that we may send you occasional postings. Please let us know if we may post this news on our website and if we may share your contact information with current students or recent alumni interested in pursuing an internship or career in your field.

Luciana Aenasoaie (PhD Anthropology & History ’16) is assistant director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at U-M. (4/3/17)

Ryan Aiken (MA REES ’09) is a political officer at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary. (7/3/19)

Alena Aniskiewicz (PhD Slavic ’19) was named a 2019-20 U-M Institute for the Humanities postdoctoral fellow for the project “Cultural Remix: Polish Hip Hop and the Sampling of Heritage.” (7/3/19)

Eugene M. Avrutin (MA History MA ’98, PhD History ’04) released the book The Velizh Affair: Blood Libel in a Russian Town (Oxford UP, 2017). (8/16/18)

Anne Bobroff-Hajal (PhD History ’82) exhibited Peasants, Clans, and Effervescent Absolutists! at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute in September-October, 2018. (7/3/19)

Laurence Bogoslaw (PhD Slavic ’95), released the book Russians on Trump (East View Press, 2018). (8/16/18)

Mary Cavender (PhD History ’97) and Karen Petrone (PhD History ’94) co-edited Everyday Life in Russia Past and Present (Indiana UP, 2015) w/ C. Chatterjee and D. Ransel. (4/3/17)

Steven R. Coe (MA REES ’86, PhD History ’93) works for the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. (7/3/19)

Robert Cutler (PhD Political Science ’82) is Senior Research Fellow for Energy Security at the NATO Association of Canada. (7/3/19)

Robert Donia (PhD History ’76) received the 2016 Barbara Jelavich Book Prize (Honorable Mention), from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for Radovan Karadžić: Architect of the Bosnian Genocide (Cambridge UP, 2015). (4/3/17)

Mark Augustine Dovich (BA REES/Political Science ’18, MA REES ’19) is volunteering in Yerevan with the Armenian Volunteer Corps program. (7/3/19)

Joshua First (PhD History ’08), the author of Ukrainian Cinema: Belonging and Identity during the Soviet Thaw (I. B. Tauris, 2015), is now the Croft Associate Professor of History and International Studies at the University of Mississippi. (4/3/17)

Anne O. Fisher (MA Slavic ’99, PhD Slavic ’05) published the translation of The Freedom Factory by Ksenia Buksha (Phoneme Media, 2018) and The Joyous Science: Selected Poems of Maxim Amelin w/ D. Mong (White Pine, 2018). (7/3/19)

Ina Ganguli (MPP Public Policy/Graduate Certificate REES ’04) received the 2018 Russian National Prize in Applied Economics. (7/3/19)

Sarah Garibova (PhD History ’17) is an assistant teaching professor in the Jewish Studies Program at Pennsylvania State University. (8/16/18)

Robert F. Goeckel (BA Political Science ’73, MPP Public Policy ’74) published Soviet Religious Policy in Estonia and Latvia: Playing Harmony in the Singing Revolution (Indiana UP, 2018). (7/3/19)

Brian K. Grodsky (MA Political Science ’02, PhD Political Science ’06) is professor and associate chair in the Department of Political Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. (8/16/18)

Ksenya Gurshtein (PhD History of Art ’11) is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University. (7/3/19)

Ana Gabriela Guzman (MA REES ’17) is senior compliance analyst at Goldman Sachs. (7/3/19)

Erika Haber (PhD Slavic ’93) is professor of Russian language, literature, and culture at Syracuse University. (7/3/19)

Julie Hansen (PhD Slavic ’00) co-edited Punishment as a Crime? Perspectives on Prison Experience in Russian Culture (Uppsala UP, 2014) w/ A. Rogachevskii. (4/3/17)

Stephanie Hitztaler (MA REES/Natural Resources & Environment ’03, PhD Natural Resources & Environment ’10) is a postdoctoral Scholar at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. (8/16/18)

Alexandra Jason (MA REES ’16) is a program associate for the Ukrainian Emerging Leaders Program at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. (7/3/19)

Deborah Jones (MA REES ’09, PhD Anthropology ’17) is a research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany. (8/16/18)

Pamela Jordan (MA REES ’91) is assistant professor of politics and global affairs at Southern New Hampshire State University. (4/3/17)

Diane P. Koenker (PhD History ’76), director of the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies, received the ASEEES Distinguished Contributions to Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Award in 2018. (7/3/19)

David J. Kostelancik (MA Political Science/REES ’88) completed three years as Deputy Chief of Mission to Hungary, two of which were spent as Charge d'affaires (acting ambassador). In August 2019, he became director for the Balkans at the Department of State, responsible for U.S. policy toward South Central Europe. (8/1/19)

Erica Lehrer (PhD Anthropology ’04) co-curated the exhibit Terribly Close: Polish Vernacular Artists Face the Holocaust for the Kraków Ethnographic Museum. (7/3/19)

Chandra Luczak (BA REES ’00) is deputy director for Southern California at UNICEF USA. (7/3/19)

Mike MacQueen (BA Economics ’80, MA REES ’83) retired from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center in January 2018. (8/16/18)

Oana Mateescu (PhD Anthropology/History ’18) is assistant professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway. (7/3/19)

Andy McIntyre (BA REES ’14, MA REES ’15) is a regulatory analyst at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, & Hamilton, LLP in New York. (8/16/18)

Kathryn Orwig (BA Creative Writing ’17) received a Hopwood Award for Nonfiction in August 2017 and had five short stories and two poems published in Confined Connections: An Anthology of Poems, Essays and Short Stories (Z Publishing House, 2017). (8/16/18)

Nevila Pahumi (PhD History ’16) is an Alexander Nash Fellow in Albanian Studies for 2016-18 at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies. (4/3/17)

Raymond Patton (MA REES ’05, PhD History ’11), director of the Macaulay Honors College and associate professor of history at John Jay College, CUNY, published Punk Crisis: The Global Punk Rock Revolution (Oxford UP, 2018). (7/3/19)

Jonathan Poser (MA REES/MPP Public Policy ’19) is resident director for the American Councils Russian-language Critical Language Scholarship Program in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. (7/3/19)

Eoin Power (MA REES ’15) is a project manager for Civitta, a management consulting firm, in Belgrade. (7/3/19)

Colin Quinn (PhD Anthropology ’17) is assistant professor of anthropology at Hamilton College. (8/16/18)

Elana Resnick (PhD Anthropology ’16) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies and visiting assistant professor of international studies at Miami University. (4/3/17)

Douglas Rogers (MA REES ’99, PhD Anthropology ’04) is professor of anthropology and inaugural faculty director of the Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Yale University. (7/3/19)

Paul Saunders (MA REES/Political Science ’92) is president of the Energy Innovation Reform Project and senior fellow and board member of the Center for the National Interest. (7/3/19)

Monica Sendor (BS Psychology/REES ’09) is an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, Belarus. (8/16/18)

Jessica Fisher Shammami (MA REES/MPP Public Policy ’10) is deputy budget officer at National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging. (4/3/17)

Maria Smith (MA REES/MPP Public Policy ’12) is a foreign affairs officer with the Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia. (4/3/17)

Keely Stauter-Halsted (MA REES ’87, PhD History ’93) received the 2016 Heldt Prize for the Best Book in Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Women’s Studies from the Association for Women in Slavic Studies for The Devil's Chain: Prostitution and Social Control in Partitioned Poland (Cornell UP, 2015). (4/3/17)

Alice I. Sullivan (PhD History of Art ’17) is visiting assistant professor of art history at Lawrence University. (8/16/18)

Stephen Mitchell Tull (PhD Political Science ’95) is the United Nations resident coordinator in Chad. His previous UN postings were Kazakhstan, Geneva, Russian Federation, Afghanistan, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia. (7/3/19)

Ryan Voogt (MA REES ’10) is lecturer at Lewis Honors College, University of Kentucky. (8/16/18)

Maria Wathen (PhD Social Work/Sociology ’16) is an assistant professor of social work at Loyola University, Chicago. (4/3/17)

Alice Weinreb (PhD History ’09) was awarded the 2017 Wiener Library Fraenkel Book Prize in Contemporary History for Modern Hungers: Food and Power in Twentieth-Century Germany (Oxford, 2017). (8/16/18)

Marcy Wheeler (PhD Comparative Literature ’00) is an independent journalist covering national security and civil liberties, including most recently on the Mueller report and Russian interference in the Trump Campaign, March 2019. (7/3/19)

Erika Wolf (MA History of Art ’90, MA REES ’95, PhD History of Art ’99) is professor at the School of Advanced Studies at the University of Tyumen in Siberia. (7/3/19)

Jessica Zychowicz (PhD Slavic ’15) is a postdoctoral fellow at CUSP: Contemporary Ukraine Studies Program, University of Alberta. She received a 2017-18 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award for the project “Lifting the Digital Iron Curtain: A Social and Cultural History of the Red Web,” which she researched in Kyiv, Ukraine. (7/3/19)