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I am a historian of Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Soviet Union. I am a second-year doctoral student (Ph.D.) in History at the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience, identity, subjectivity, nationality policy, and the constructions of race and nation, define the core of my work.

My dissertation project is an exploration of the form, function, and understandings of race in the Soviet Union and the German Democratic Republic through the experiences of African Americans and Africans.


Photo Credit: Laurence Kesterson.

Image by Simon Hurry



  • Soviet Nationality Policy

  • Race and Ethnicity in the USSR and GDR

  • Race and Racism in the former-Soviet Union

  • African-American experience in the USSR and Russia

  • Soviet Subjectivity

  • Old Believers in the Russian Empire


University of Pennsylvania, 2020-2026


Fields: Modern Europe (Russia, Soviet Union, Eurasia) and America (From 1877)

Harvard University, 2012-2014

M.A.| Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia

Focus: History and Russian language

Swarthmore College, 2008-2012


Adams State University, 2017-2019

Graduate-level courses in American history

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