Class of 2020

Anna Bar

Anna Bar is from San Diego, California. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, where she majored in history and Russian studies. In 2013, Anna received a Boren Scholarship to study Russian in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Nicholas Conlon

Nicholas Conlon is from Akron, Ohio and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science and minor in Slavic Languages and Literatures. After college, Nick spent one year teaching at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan as a Princeton in Asia fellow and worked as an intern at the Institute for the Study of War and Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.

Aziz Egamov

Aziz Egamov was born and grew up in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. He has attended University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent and, following his move to the United States, Manchester College in Connecticut and the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Eva Jovanova

Eva Jovanova is a Skopje native passionate about the ex-Yugoslav countries, especially their integration into the EU and their relationship with Russia. She has an undergraduate degree in European Studies from Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg, Germany and completed an exchange semester in International Relations at St. Petersburg State University.

Amber Kiffer

Amber Kiffer graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and an emphasis on Russia’s recent political and economic transitions. She’s worked in logistics as a dispatcher for several different transportation companies and is interested in Russian foreign policy and the effects of energy security.

Ben Moody

Ben Moody graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in Foreign Affairs and Russian Language and Literature. After graduation, he began work as a Senior Program Assistant at the National Democratic Institute in Washington DC, helping oversee the implementation of the Institute’s democracy assistance programs in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Alexis Mrachek

Alexis Mrachek grew up in San Antonio, Texas and attended Texas A&M University, where she double-majored in Russian and International Studies. She took weekly Russian classes in high school in preparation for two mission trips to Odessa, Ukraine, and has been fascinated with the Eurasia region ever since.

Danny O’Conner

An active duty US Army officer since 2007, Major Danny O’Connor is a foreign area officer (48D), specializing in Central and South Asia. He brings experience from combat zones in the Middle East, isolated island nations in the Pacific, and most recently acted as the deputy chief of the Office of Military Cooperation, US Embassy Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Lillian Posner

Lillian Posner graduated from Oberlin College in 2017 with a degree in Russian & Eastern European Studies and History. She wrote her Senior Thesis on the Soviet poet Olga Berggolts and postwar disillusionment and traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia to conduct research in the Central State Archive of Literature and the Arts.

Maggie Samuels

Maggie Samuels is from Searsmont, Maine. She attended Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she majored in Turkish Studies and Computer Science. Her research is oriented around pan-Turkic movements and the ties between nationalism and language shifts.