Alisa Sopova

Alisa Sopova photo

A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA

Graduate Student Associate

Journalist Alisa Sopova was the first Nieman Fellow from Ukraine and worked as a producer and reporter for The New York Times, where her coverage focused on the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine as well as national politics and social issues. Born in Donetsk, she faced the challenge of covering the conflict in her own city. Before the war started in 2014, she worked as a journalist and news editor for Donbass, the largest newspaper and online news outlet in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, now a breakaway republic. Alisa is currently focusing her reporting and research on civilian life in the war zone, with a focus on the everyday adjustments and coping mechanisms employed by residents in the frontline communities.

Ukraine; Donbass; Russia; war; civilians; humanitarian response; journalism; anthropology of war; ethnography; separatism; borderlands.
Current Project
Everyday Coping Strategies among Civilians in the War Zone in Ukraine
Foreign Language


, Journalism
, Moscow State University