A.M. Candidate in Regional Studies—REECA
Innovation Fellow, Program on Central Asia
Katrina Keegan’s fascination with economic and democratic development was sparked during her gap year studying Russian in Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, which was undergoing an anti-corruption revolution. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Chicago, she held a research fellowship on Russian media and interned at the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs. Katrina wrote her undergraduate thesis on “Informant of the People: The Surprise Success Story of Corruption Coverage in the Ukrainian Media during 2019 Elections” and graduated summa cum laude in 2020. She has spent substantial time in Eurasia, including nine months of direct enrollment in classes taught in Russian at St. Petersburg State University, five months in Ukraine, and two months in Azerbaijan. Katrina speaks Ukrainian and Turkish and is now learning Uzbek. Katrina is the 2020-2021 Innovation Fellow for the Program on Central Asia, and she plans to focus her REECA studies on economic and democratic development in Central Asia. She aspires to a career in journalism and creative writing and is currently writing a novel. Her work can be found at Russian Life Magazine, Verge Magazine, and Glint Literary Journal, among others.