I am a doctoral candidate in the History Department at Harvard University, specializing in the history of modern Ukraine and Russia (Imperial Russia and the Soviet Union). I am interested in the cultural construction of geography and conflicts over water in Eastern Europe. My dissertation is a cultural and environmental history of the Dnieper River, titled: "Taming the Dnipro Rapids: Nature, National Geography, and Hydro-Engineering, 1927-1972"
At Harvard, I am a Digital Teaching Fellow, a Graduate Student Associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, and an active participant in the Russian & East European History Workshop.
I received my bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from Amherst College and then managed contemporary art galleries in New York City for six years, where I was introduced to Soviet history through the eyes of Russian artists. Before coming to Harvard, I earned a master's degree in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies from Columbia University.
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