Davis Center/Harriman Institute Master's Thesis Colloquium

Event Format

The Master’s Thesis Colloquium highlights research carried out by second-year students in the REECA program at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, and the MARS-REERS program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. A diverse range of topics will be covered in a series of short presentations, with opportunity for audience Q & A. This event will be held in a Zoom seminar format.


Opening Remarks | 1:30 PM

Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center

Panel I | 1:35-2:45 PM

Anya Konstantinovsky, Columbia University, Jewish Identity Among Children of Soviet Jewish Immigrants
Gabriella Gonzalez, Columbia University, A Common Denominator: The Usage of Orthodoxy in Modern Day Russia and Ukraine
Sophia Freuden, Harvard University, Understanding the Causes of State-Led Information Operations: Examining Russian State Targeting of Individuals
Alexandra Karppi, Columbia University, Government Hostility Towards NGOs in Croatia Since 1991
Greta Schatz, Columbia University, Frame Narratives in the Belarusian Protests: An Analysis of Opposition Telegram Channels
Vikki Perijainen, Harvard University, What Did the Members of Narodnaya Volya Expect to Achieve with the Method of Terror?
Grady Vaughan, Columbia University, Threatened but not Silenced: Tajik Exile Activism in the Face of Transnational Repression

Break | 2:45-2:55 PM

Panel II | 2:55-3:45 PM

Jan Jucha, Harvard University, Polish Coal vs. Energy Transition: The Economics, Politics, and Social Position of a Coal Industry Under Pressure
Chris Blackwood, Columbia University, Post-Soviet Technocracy in Kazakhstan: An Oral History
Zulfiyya Abdurahimova-Carberry, Harvard University, Reaching the Poor: Welfare Regimes in Resource-Rich Authoritarian Countries: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Russia
Elhan Busuladzic, Columbia University, Proliferation of Power: How Russia and China Leveraged COVID-19 to Heighten Geopolitical Influence and Tighten Local Control

Closing Remarks | 3:45 PM

Alexandra Vacroux, Executive Director, Davis Center


Co-sponsored by the Davis Center and the Harriman Institute at Columbia University.


The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us at 617-495-4037 or daviscenter@fas.harvard.edu in advance of your participation or visit. Requests for Sign Language interpreters and/or CART providers should be made at least two weeks in advance if possible. Please note that the Davis Center will make every effort to secure services but that services are subject to availability.