Ph.D. Candidate Lyudmila (Lucy) Austin accepted the 2023-2024 Postdoctoral Fellowship in History at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. The Fellowship will support her dissertation research project, “From Internationalism to Displacement: Minoritized Communities in the Formerly Soviet Southern Tier.” This work explores how the approximately one out of five Soviet citizens who lived outside of or without “their own” ethno-territories responded to growing republican autonomy and the emergence of national movements in the USSR’s final decades. Its region of focus primarily includes Central Asia and the Caucasus. Lucy’s dissertation is the first extensive archival study of displacement affiliated with the USSR’s dissolution,
Austin has been the recipient of a 2018-2019 Stephen F. Cohen—Robert C. Tucker Dissertation Research Fellowship and a 2020-2021 Academic Fellowship in Russia sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and American Councils for International Education (postponed to 2021-2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). She will defend her dissertation on April 18.
P.h.D candidate Lyudmila (Lucy) Austin