I am a doctoral candidate under the guidance of Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum, and I am currently writing my dissertation, titled, “Migrants and Muscovites: The Boundaries of Belonging in Moscow, 1971-2002.” In my dissertation, I follow the development of local, republic, and all-Soviet (later federal) migration policies and the interactions among state actors, migrants and Muscovites from 1971 to 2002. These policies and relationships elucidate how the boundaries of belonging within Moscow shifted, therefore affecting claims to social welfare and belonging. I argue that while migrants always underwent a temporary probationary period before gaining permanent residency, Soviet emphasis on transforming youth into model citizens through education inside and outside the classroom made the transition to permanent residency in the capital easier than in the post-Soviet period. I also periodize this thirty-year time frame in to four distinct epochs: mature socialism (1971-1979), stability maintenance (1980-1985), embracement of neoliberal policies (1986-1991), and reconstruction of Russian identity (1991-2002), arguing that Russian identity eventually superseded that of youthfulness for claiming entitlement. In each period under discussion, I engage in larger questions, such as the defining characteristics of developed socialism, perestroika, and the post-Soviet period; migrant identities and claims-making processes; and the relationship of labor migration to Moscow to labor migration processes elsewhere in the world.
My master’s thesis, earned at Michigan State University as part of my doctoral program of study, focused on glasnost-era representations of temporary labor migrants in Moscow in print and visual media. I earned my B.A. in History from the State University of New York in 2012, and completed a thesis with honors titled “Astronauts and Cosmonauts as Ambassadors of Their Nations.”
While pursuing my doctorate, I have served my department as the principal organizer for the Midwest Russian History Workshop, held at Michigan State University in March 2015. Since 2012, I have acted as the treasurer for the Migration With(out) Boundaries Graduate Student Conference, held at MSU annually in the fall. Since April 2017, I have worked as the conference’s chief organizer. In addition to my teaching assignments, I have assisted undergraduates as an academic tutor and advisor. I have further developed my dedication to teaching as a Graduate School Writing Fellow and Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) Fellow. I am committed to sharing my research with other scholars in the fields of Russian and Soviet history and migration studies, presenting my work in Tallinn, Estonia; St. Petersburg, Russia; Moscow, Russia; Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; and Montréal, Canada.
Teaching Assistant Assignments:
IAH 202: Europe and the World since the Maritime Revolution, Fall 2012-Spring 2014, Fall 2016
HST 414: The History of the Second World War, Fall 2014
ISS 225: Power, Exchange, and Authority, Spring 2015
HST 206: The History of Europe since 1500, Spring 2015
ISS 325: War and Revolution, Spring 2018
Instructor of Record Assignments:
HST 336: The History of Europe since 1870, Spring 2017
HST 201: Historical Methods through Migration in Russia and the Soviet Union, Fall 2017