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 examine temporary labor migration to Moscow, comparing Soviet and post-Soviet migration policies and migrant experiences, while engaging in larger questions, such as the defining characteristics of developed socialism, perestroika, and the Russian Federation; 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. In addition to my teaching assignments, I have assisted undergraduates as an academic tutor and advisor. 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; and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom.
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
Instructor of Record Assignments:
HST 336: The History of Europe since 1870, Spring 2017