Affiliated Graduate Students

David Beecher
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2003
Bachelor's Degree: Harvard College
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2004
Languages: Estonian, French, German, Russian
Research Interests: Education, scholarship, and cultural identity and exchange in Germany, Russia, and Eastern Europe

Alex Beliaev
Anthropology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2006
Bachelor's Degree: University of Toronto, 2004
Master's Degree: York University, Toronto, 2006
Languages: Russian
Research Interests: Multiculturalism, difference, post-socialism, memory, historiography, aesthetics

Helaine Blumenthal
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: Swarthmore, 2003
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2007
Languages: French, German, Czech
Research Interests: Nationalism, national identity, Jewish history

Margaret Boittin
Political Science
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2004
Bachelor's Degree: Yale University, 2001
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2005
Languages: French, Russian, Chinese
Research Interests: Comparative politics

Ryan Calder
Sociology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2004
Bachelor's Degree: Harvard University, 2001
Research Interests: Political sociology, economic sociology, political economy, Middle East, Central Asia, Globalization

Ioana Chinan
Department of Architecture
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2012
Bachelor's Degree: Florida Atlantic University, 2008
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2011
Languages: Romanian, English
Research Interests: Architecture, History, Political Economy

Erin Coyne
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2006
Bachelor's Degree: Fordham University, 1996
Master's Degree: Georgetown 2001, UCB 2008
Languages: Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Bulgarian
Research Interests: sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, dialectology

Michael Dean
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: University of Washington, Seattle, 2003
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2007
Languages: Czech, German
Research Interests: Social and cultural history of late modern East Central Europe, history of the Czech lands, Czech Diaspora, national movements, small nations, world's fairs and national exhibitions, public drinking and urban vice

Bathsheba Demuth
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2009
Bachelor's Degree: Brown
Master's Degree: Brown
Languages: Russian, Romanian, French
Research Interests: Indigenous Populations in the Russian Far East

Rhiannon Dowling
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2009
Bachelor's Degree: St. John's College, 2004
Master's Degree: University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2009
Languages: Russian
Research Interests: Soviet and 20th Century Russian History, Cultural History, Film, Consumerism, Discourses of Capitalism, Socialist Realism, Comparative Cold War History

Katherine Zubovich-Eady
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2010
Bachelor's Degree: Victoria, 2007
Master's Degree: Toronto, 2010
Languages: French, Russian, some Turkish
Research Interests: Soviet History, Urban Planning, Architecture, Socialist Realism

Sarah Garding
Political Science
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2003
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2006
Languages: Russian, Italian
Research Interests: Comparative politics, post-Soviet area studies

Elise Herrala
Sociology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2007
Bachelor's Degree: University of Michigan, 2004
Master's Degree: London School of Economics, 2007
Languages: German, Russian
Research Interests: Globalization, class, economic sociology, labor, Russia

William Jenkins
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2011
Master's Degree: Marlboro College, 2010
Languages: Czech, German, Russian
Research Interests: De-Stalinization, nationalization of cultural industry in Eastern Europe, historiography in the communist period

Eric Johnson
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2009
Bachelor's Degree: Northwestern University, 2008
Languages: Russian, German
Research Interests: 19th century Russian intellectual history

Elif Kale-Lostuvali
Sociology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2003
Bachelor's Degree: Boğaziçi University (Istanbul, Turkey), 1997
Master's Degree: Northwestern University, 2003
Languages: Turkish, French, Russian, Uzbek
Research Interests: Comparative-historical sociology, sociology of culture, Central Asia

Anastasia Kayiatos
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2004
Bachelor's Degree: Reed College, Russian Literature, 2002
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, Slavic Literature, 2006
Languages: Russian, Old Church Slavonic, German, French
Research Interests: Modes of embodiment and intimacy in post-Stalin Russian literature and culture, sexual and political dissidence, punitive medicine

Joseph Kellner
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2011
Bachelor's Degree: Bowdoin, 2009
Languages: Russian, Finnish
Research Interests: Soviet Union, the Russian North, Finland, borderlands

Anaita Khudonazar
Near Eastern Studies
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2002
Bachelor's Degree: Moscow State University, 1998
Master's Degree: Moscow State University, 2000
Languages: Shugnani, Russian, Tajik, Persian, Turkish
Research Interests: Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran, nationalism and literature

Emiliana Kissova
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2011
Bachelor's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2006
Languages: Bulgarian, Russian, French
Research Interests: Russia/Soviet Union in the early 20th century

Andrew Kornbluth
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2008
Bachelor's Degree: Columbia College, Columbia U. 2004
Languages: French, German, Serbian, Russian

Emily Laskin
Comparative Literature
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2011
Bachelor's Degree: Barnard, 2007
Languages: Russian, Persian, French
Research Interests: Central Aside; Russian - Turkic encounter; literature of exile; literature of identity Russian/Iranian modernism

Sarah Macdonald
Sociology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2004
Bachelor's Degree: Smith College, 2003
Languages: Russian
Research Interests: Sexuality, culture, migration

David Marcus
Anthropology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2010
Languages: Russian, Nanai
Research Interests: Post socialist indigenous citizenship among the Nanai of the Russian Far East

Kate Marple-Cantrell
City & Regional Planning
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2011
Bachelor's Degree: Columbia, 2009
Languages: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian
Research Interests: Post-conflict and divided cities, role of international organizations, post-socialist transformation.

Marcy McCullaugh
Political Science
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2006
Bachelor's Degree: Swarthmore, 2002
Master's Degree: Harvard University, 2004
Languages: Russian, Portuguese
Research Interests: Health care reform, health care services delivery, public health, NGOs

Jessica Merrill
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: Northwestern, 2003
Master's Degree: Berkeley, 2007
Languages: Russian, Czech, German, English
Research Interests: Russian and Czech literature (Modernism), Slavic literature themes and folkloristics

Andrej Milivojevic
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2000
Master's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2005
Languages: Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Bulgarian, Spanish
Research Interests: Comparative History; legal history (public law); late modern Europe (Balkans); revolt & dissent

Lisa Min
Anthropology
Bachelor's Degree: UT Austin, 2003
Languages: Russian, Korean, Azeri
Research Interests: North Korean culture, post-socialism, sensory ethnography, socialist realism

Jason Morton
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2009
Bachelor's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2009
Languages: Russian and French
Research Interests: Russian Intellectual History, Soviet state building and nationalities policy, frontier history, modern identity, opposition movements

Peggy O'Donnell
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2009
Bachelor's Degree: Pomona College, 2009
Languages: German, English
Research Interests: German-Jewish relations in modern Germany, Nazism and Religion (Jews, Catholics - Poland)

Shota Papava
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2010
Bachelor's Degree: American University, 2006
Master's Degree: University of Chicago, 2007
Languages: Georgian, Russian, English
Research Interests: Russo-Georgian relations

Alina Polyakova
Sociology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2005
Bachelor's Degree: Emory University, 2004
Languages: Russian, German
Research Interests: Post-Soviet transition economies, immigration, economic sociology, culture

Olesya Shayduk-Immezman
Anthropology
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2010
Bachelor Degree: St. Petersburg State University, Sociology 2006
Master's Degree: European University at St. Petersburg, political science & Sociology
Languages: Russian, German, Hebrew

Brandon Schechter
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2008
Bachelor's Degree: Vassar, 2005
Languages: Russian, French, Turkish
Research Interests:
Soviet Union, Russian Tatarstan, Central Asia, concepts and ethnicity, the military as a place of integration and education, successor states, material culture, food culture and food ways

Charles Shaw
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2007
Bachelor's Degree: Brown University, 2002
Master's Degree: Stanford University, 2007
Languages: Russian, French, some Kazakh
Research Interests: Russia, Caucasus & Central Asia, empire & religion, architecture

Yana Skorobogatov
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2012
Bachelor's Degree: UC Berkeley, 2009
Languages: Russian
Research Interests: US-Soviet Cold War history

Elena Tomlinson
Architecture
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2008
Bachelor's Degree: University of Architecture, Ion Mincu, Bucharest, 2002
Master's Degree: UCB 2008
Languages: Romanian, French, Italian, Spanish
Research Interests: Urban restructuring, Restitution of housing, post socialist heritage preservation

Daniel Viragh
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2008
Bachelor's Degree: McGill University, 2006
Languages: English, French, Hebrew, Hungarian, Japanese, German
Research Interests: Hungarian Jewish History

Elizabeth Wenger
History
Year Entered PhD Program at UCB: 2003
Bachelor's Degree: University of Kansas, 2003
Languages: German, French, Polish
Research Interests: Dissidence, Eastern Europe