Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am a graduate of the University of Virginia and a current graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs with an area concentration in Russia and Eastern Europe. I will earn a Master's degree this May (2013) in Russian and Eastern European Studies.
Before entering graduate school I worked in various fields such as hospitality, legislation, and sales and marketing in the engineering and manufacturing industry. All positions, though different in discipline, required me to work with international political or professional clientele.
I returned to school to pursue further the field I studied as an undergraduate. I have since then gained much deeper knowledge about my region of interest in topics ranging from EU governance, democratization in the post-communist space, peace-building in the Balkans, trans-Atlantic alliances, and radical right political movements.
I am interested in positions associated with the study of populist and radical political movements and ethno-nationalism, political and social transitions, and ethnic and minority rights in the post-communist space.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
East Central Europe, Russia, Eurasia, Southeast Europe, Germany
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States of America
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Graduate student, Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Research, Qualitative Skills
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Right-wing radicalism and populism in the post-Communist space; German-East Central European relations; German foreign policy, Trans-Atlantic alliances, Post-war transition in the Western Balkans; Democratic, social, and economic transition in East Central Europe, Russia, and Eurasia; EU governance and enlargement.
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