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 time at University of Chicago, which she graduated summa cum laude, she pursued this interest through a research fellowship on Russian media and internships at the Center for International Private Enterprise and the Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs. Her undergraduate thesis was titled “Informant of the People: The Surprise Success Story of Corruption Coverage in the Ukrainian Media during 2019 Elections.” Her time in Eurasia includes nine months of direct enrollment in classes taught in Russian at St. Petersburg State University, five months in Ukraine, and two months in Azerbaijan. In addition to Russian, she speaks advanced Ukrainian and Turkish, and is learning Uzbek. At Harvard, she plans to focus on economic and democratic development in Central Asia, and is the 2020-2021 Innovation Fellow for the Program on Central Asia. She aspires to be a writer and journalist. She is writing a novel, and her work can be found at Russian Life Magazine, Verge Magazine, and Glint Literary Journal, among others.
A.M. in Regional Studies–REECA