Matthew Reichert is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University, and an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is interested in how states shape beliefs about national identity. His dissertation research on the Soviet Union examines how Soviet cultural institutions helped to build national groups that were imagined not only to be strong or weak, but also loyal or hostile to the multi-national communist project. He focuses on the role of campaigns to “liquidate illiteracy” amongst the adult Soviet population in the 1920s, and on the emergence of national cultural intelligentsias - writers, artists, scholars, and other creative professionals - in the 1980s. His work relies on quantitative data collected from Soviet archives as well as qualitative primary sources and original interviews.