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Alumni

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 crees@umich.edu 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 NEWS

Alumni, please send news on your activities since graduation to crees@umich.edu. 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)

Louis Albertini (BA REES/International Studies ’13) was selected to be a 2015-16 Princeton in Asia Fellow in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (7/1/15)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)

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)

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)

David J. Kostelancik (MA Political Science/REES ’88) has served as the Acting U.S. Ambassador to Hungary since January 20, 2017. (8/16/18)

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)

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)

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 ’02, PhD Anthropology ’04) received the 2016 Davis Center Book Prize in Political and Social Studies, 2016 Ed A. Hewett Book Prize, and 2016 Wayne S. Vucinich Book Prize (Honorable Mention) from the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for The Depths of Russia: Oil, Power, and Culture after Socialism (Cornell UP, 2015). (4/3/17)

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)

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

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)

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

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)