CREES Research, Internship, and Fellowship Program, Recent Awardees

CRIF Program grants are awarded to students in REES-related undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the University of Michigan for summer or semester-long research projects or internships at institutions and businesses in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union.

2014

  • Dias Amreyev, MA Applied Economics (Kazakhstan)
  • Iliria Camaj, BA LSA (Albania)
  • Adrian Deoanca, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
  • Paula Fradkin, BA LSA (Russia)
  • Elspeth Geiger, PhD Anthropology (Hungary/Romania)
  • Ejona Korcari, BS Neuroscience (Albania)
  • Enxhi Merpeza, BA International Studies/Spanish (Albania)
  • Colin Quinn, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
  • Elana Resnick, PhD Anthropology (Bulgaria/Romania/Turkey)
  • Margaret Traeger, MPH Public Health (Mongolia)
  • Marisa Xheka, BA History/Political Science (England/Albania)
  • Kledia Xhelilaj, BA History/International Studies (Albania)

2013

  • Yafan Holly Chung, MPH Public Health (Mongolia)
  • Amanda Getty, PhD Slavic (Russia)
  • Ashley Lemke, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
  • Shaun McGirr, PhD Political Science (Russia)
  • Paula Osborn, MA REES/MPP Public Policy (Ukraine)
  • Colin Quinn, PhD Anthropology (Romania)
  • Alice Sullivan, PhD History of Art (Romania/Austria)
  • Anastasia Tkach, BA REES/Political Science (Ukraine)
  • Angel Wang, LSA (Turkey)
  • Anna Whittington, PhD History (Russia/Ukraine)

2012

  • Anna Antoniou, PhD Anthropology (for conducting fieldwork near the Apuseni Mountains in Southwestern Transylvania, Romania)
  • Alina Charniauskaya, BA REES/Political Science (for an internship through the Civitas International Internship Program in Warsaw)
  • Paulina Duda, PhD Slavic (for pre-dissertation research on Polish-Lithuanian relations during WWII in Lithuania)
  • Meghan Forbes, PhD Slavic (for dissertation research on the inter-war avant-garde in the Czech Republic)
  • Sarah Garibov, PhD History (for research on Soviet efforts to mobilize the Jewish community during WWII in Moscow and Jerusalem)
  • Jeremy Johnson, MA REES/PhD Anthropology & History (for dissertation research on campaigns to eradicate illiteracy in Armenia and Georgia)
  • Kirill Kalinin, PhD Political Science (for dissertation research on fraudulent correlation of electoral results and public opinion polls in Russia)
  • Lucie Kalousova, PhD Health Services Organization & Policy/Sociology (for research on physician strikes in the Czech Republic)
  • William Lamping, BA Political Science/Russian (for internships with the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw)
  • Shaun McGirr, PhD Political Science (for dissertation research on bureaucratic discipline and the varieties of corruption in Moscow)
  • Nevila Pahumi, PhD History (for dissertation research on the history of the Kyrias School for Girls in Albania and Turkey)
  • Jessica Robbins, PhD Anthropology (for dissertation research on aging and memory in postsocialist Poland)

2011

  • Aleksandar Bošković, PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures (for dissertation research on the significance of photography of avant-garde literary works in Moscow)
  • Zachary Cofran, PhD Anthropology (for paleontological research and education in Georgia)
  • Danya Cooper, PhD Landscape Architecture (for a landscape architecture internship in Turkey)
  • Krista Goff, PhD History (for dissertation research on sub-republic minority subjectivity and late Soviet nationality policies in the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic in Georgia & Armenia)
  • Amy Goldberg, BA Anthropology (for paleontological research and education in Georgia)
  • Kathryn Graber, PhD Anthropology (for dissertation research on Linguistic Ethnography of Multilingual News Media in the Buryat Territories of Russia)
  • Elana Habib, MPH Public Health (for an internship with Eurasian Harm Reduction Network in Lithuania)
  • Ryan Hughes, PhD Classical Art & Archaeology (for dissertation research on the archaeology of the region surrounding the ancient site of Vani, Georgia)
  • Lavrentia Karamaniola, PhD Anthropology (for preliminary dissertation on historical commemoration by the first post-socialist generation  in Romania)
  • Jana Mokrisova, PhD Classical Art & Archaeology (for dissertation research on the archaeology of the region surrounding the ancient site of Vani, Georgia)
  • Everett Peachey, PhD  Sociology (for dissertation research on the impact of provincial and municipalpolicies in the lives of Tajik labor migrants in the Russian Federation)
  • Michael Rowan, BA Economics/Political Science (to teach English at the TOBB University of Economics and Technology in Turkey)
  • Natalie Smolenski, PhD Anthropology & History (to research the role of historical events on the changing role of the Church in Poland and the world)
  • Kristefer Stojanovski, MPH Public Health (for an internship with the World Health Organization in Serbia)
  • Ariel Taivalkoski, BA Anthropology (for fieldwork with the Iron Age Dacian fortress excavation, Romania)
  • Maria Taylor, PhD Architecture (to study contemporary urban design trends in metropolitan and provincial Russian cities)
  • Nenad Tomasevic, MA REES/MBA Business (for field research regarding economic stabilization in Serbia, Czech Republic, & Slovenia)
  • Anna Topolska, PhD History (for dissertation research on the commemoration of World War II in Poland)
  • Jessica Zychowicz, PhD Slavic (for dissertation research on the aesthetics of protest in Ukraine and Poland)

2010

  • Meghanne Barker, PhD Anthropology (for dissertation research on institutionalized children in Kazakhstan)
  • Aleksandar Boskovic, PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures (for archival research on the significance of photography of avant-garde literary works in Slovenia, Croatia, and Serbia)
  • Bryn Hauk, BA Linguistics and Russian (for an internship with the Vytegra Local History Museum in Vytegra, Russia)
  • Deborah Jones, PhD Linguistic Anthropology PhD (for research on agricultural communities as sites of linguistic change in Ukraine)
  • Scott Kalafatis, MS Natural Resources and Environment and MA Urban Planning (for an internship with World Wildlife Fund Romania)
  • Dumitru Minzarari, PhD Political Science (to participate as a summer researcher-in-residence program with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Prague)
  • Kimberly Powers, PhD Anthropology and History (for archival research at the Central State Archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan)
  • Colin Quinn, PhD Anthropology (to investigate issues of social organization and interregional connectivity within Romania)
  • Alban Rushiti, BA Economics and Political Science (for U.S. Department of State internship in Slovakia)
  • Maria Smith, MA REES/MPP Public Policy (for an internship with the Almaty office of the Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia in Kazakhstan)
  • Sarah Sutter, PhD Slavic Languages and Literatures (to study Kuban Cossack folk singing in Krasnodar, Russia)