Class of 2019

Dale Bass

A North Carolina native, Dale Bass completed his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he studied Political Science and Russian with a History minor. In his time as an undergrad, he spent a summer in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Joseph Bebel

Joseph Bebel is originally from the Greater Kansas City area. Before coming to Georgetown, Joseph graduated from Brigham Young University in European Studies with a minor in International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Steven Berube

Steven Berube received a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a B.A. in International Studies from Lafayette College. Following his undergraduate education, he enrolled into Georgetown’s MAERES program and is interested in Russian influence operations and the water-food-security nexus as it pertains to Central Asia.

Yueyi Chen

Yueyi Chen is a second-year graduate student at CERES. She currently focuses on energy issues and geopolitical risks of foreign investments in Russia and Central Asia. She holds a B.A. in Russian Languages and Culture from Fudan University in Shanghai, China and had the experience of studying abroad in Moscow, Russia.

Kristijan Fidanovski

Kristijan Fidanovski was born and raised in Skopje, Macedonia. In 2012, he moved to Duino, Italy, where he graduated from the international English-language high school United World College in 2014. In 2017, he graduated in Politics and East European Studies at University College London.

Stephanie Myers Irizarry

Stephanie Myers Irizarry received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. During her undergraduate study, she spent a year abroad in Moscow, Russia as a Boren scholar.

Jesse Mitchell

Jesse Mitchell was born and raised in rural Western Pennsylvania. He attended the Pennsylvania State University for his undergrad, where he studied Russian, French, and history. After graduation, Jesse spent several years abroad, studying and working in France, Italy and Russia.

Sarah Oldham

Sarah Oldham is from Bradenton, Florida and attended the New College of Florida, where she studied Political Science and Area Studies. Sarah spent two summers in Turkey prior to coming to CERES, one in Alanya on a Critical Language Scholarship and one as an intern for the Istanbul office of the law firm Chadbourne & Parke.

Michael Rendelman

Michael Rendelman is from Washington, DC. He began studying Russian in high school as part of a summer exchange program in St. Petersburg. Michael went on to attend the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received his bachelor’s degree in Russian language and history and spent a semester studying in Moscow through the ACTR program.

Emma Steiner

Emma Steiner is from Houston, Texas and attended Knox College before transferring to University of Texas at Austin due to her interest in Russian. There she majored in History with a minor in European Studies. While at UT Austin, Emma completed an honors thesis on housing reform under Nikita Khrushchev, which sparked a continued interest in housing reform and inequality in Russia today.