Tom has hosted 31 episodes.
Tom hails from Boston and besides being a Cybersecurity fellow at the Robert Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin, he is also a dual degree master's student in both Slavic Studies and Global Policy Studies. His background in TV production, having worked for the likes of HBO and Marvel, has prepared him for his new (time-consuming) gig in podcasting. As a host and co-producer, he is always putting the show first no matter what with a very gracious #forthepod.
Milena has hosted 8 episodes.
Milena is a junior at UT Austin majoring in Eastern European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and the Persian language. She is highly interested in studying cultures ranging from Eastern Europe and the Balkans to Iran and Central Asia. Milena is especially interested in the phenomenons of nation-building, national identity, and inter-ethnic conflict that are so problematic in this region. Ukraine especially fascinates her because of its important geopolitical position, complex cultural identity, and its ongoing debates about nation-building and democracy.
Matt has hosted 36 episodes.
Matthew is a native Texan from the Houston area. He's attended George Washington University, majoring in Russian Language and Literature and has spent time in Russia on a Fulbright scholarship. He is currently at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual master’s degree in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. His research interests include civic education, democratization in the Post-Soviet space, contemporary Russian literature and US-Russian relations. He can be seen riding his bike all over UT's 40 acres.
Cullan has hosted 9 episodes.
Cullan grew up in Boston and has a B.A. from the University of Vermont in History and Political Science. He is now pursuing a master's degree in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include Czech history, 19th and 20th century Central Europe, uses of digital consumer media as tools for public history, national identity, and what do those demanding "historically accurate media" even mean? Before moving to Austin, Cullan worked in Vermont both as a paralegal and trivia host, which are critical experiences for any good podcast host.
Tracy has hosted 4 episodes.
Tracy is originally from Minnesota and has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from The University of Texas at Austin. She is still at UT-Austin pursuing a dual master’s degree in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Her research interests include Czech history and culture, international food systems, democratization in Central and Eastern Europe, and the politics of corruption. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, walking for hours at a time, and playing the trombone.
Lera has hosted 10 episodes.
Lera, while born in Tiraspol, Moldova, was happily raised in the suburbs of South-Eastern Pennsylvania and the land of Wawa. After getting her B.A. in Japanese from Penn State, she spent the next 6 years bouncing around between Japan, the DMV area, and Pittsburgh before finally landing in Texas to start her dual-degree Master's program in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at UT. Her research interests include U.S.-Russia relations, foreign diplomacy, grassroots exchange, and protest/dissent in Russia. Her limited free time interests include showing everyone pictures of her two cats, engaging in the Fast and the Furious franchise discourse, and never finishing any of her knitting projects.
B.A. in Japanese, minor in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Penn State University
Post-Soviet Russia, Putinism, grassroots cultural exchange programs, U.S.-Russia relations, foreign diplomacy, national security, relationship between Russia's government and its citizens, Russian political protests
Katya has hosted 3 episodes.
Katya grew up in Northern Virginia and frequently spent summers in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), her paternal homeland in Northeastern Siberia. Initially determined to distance her field of study from anything Russia-related, Katya wound up with a bachelor’s degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures with a minor in Russian & East European Studies (in addition to a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with an Anthropology minor). Her current research interests include revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures in Russia, current tensions relating to Russian (ethno)nationalism and minority group (ethno)nationalism, effects of globalization on rural populations, and the effects of state-sanctioned environmental racism. Her current non-research interests include tending to her plant children, collecting insects, eating pickles, and giving strangers unsolicited podcast recommendations. For this podcast, she is prepping to take over as executive producer starting Fall 2020.
Samantha has hosted 4 episodes.
Samantha is from San Antonio and is particularly proud of being a Central Texas local. She attended the University of Texas as an undergraduate, earning BAs in History and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, with minors in Comparative Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. Currently, she is pursuing a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies as well as a portfolio in LGBTQ+ Studies. For the purposes of her master’s degree, she is interested in Serbia-Croatian language, literary translation, literature from the Balkans and Central/Eastern Europe, and comparative feminist/queer issues. Outside of class, she reads whatever she has time for, goes to see old movies at the Austin Film Society, bikes, forgets about her pickling and preserving projects, and picks up random handicrafts.
Lauren has hosted 4 episodes.
Lauren is a fourth-year International Relations and Geography double major minoring in Russian Language and African Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren works as a TA and research assistant in the History Department, focusing on areas within Sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of work and class, Lauren works on environmental management and sustainability initiatives in central and southern Texas, and on public education policy in Houston, where she grew up. In other words, she totally rocks.