Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies

Current Fellows


Doctoral Student Fellows 2012-2013


Gorkem Aydemir Kundakci

Gorkem Aydemir Kundakci is a Ph.D. student in Anthropology at George Washington University, focusing on internally displaced people in Georgia. She is developing an ethnographic study on the displaced youth with an emphasis on how they perceive, remember/forget, and narrate the past. Her research interests include war, displacement, memory, youth studies, post-socialism, and globalization. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Bogazici University-Turkey, and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from Sabanci University-Turkey.

Lisel Hintz

Lisel Hintz is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey during the 2012-2013 academic year. Her research investigates the role of identity in international relations along multiple levels of analysis, examining the salience of particular identities (ethnic, religious/sectarian, state/civic national, regional, imperial) in particular contexts. She is currently conducting research and writing her dissertation, which analyzes the strategic co-optation and construction of various national identity understandings in Turkey's foreign policy formulation and implementation. Her research has been funded, in part, by two US State Department Critical Scholarships and two Hoffman Dissertation Fellowships. She has written for Foreign Policy, Turkish Policy Quarterly, The Washington Review of Turkish and Eurasian Affairs, and Hurriyet Daily News. She speaks Turkish, Spanish, French, and German and looks forward to learning more.

Alexander Reisenbichler

Alex is a Ph.D. student in political science, with a focus on government involvement in housing markets in Europe and the U.S. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, conducting research on labor, financial, and housing markets. Prior to GW, he worked as a research associate with a political foundation at the United Nations in New York.



Hydrocarbons, Governance, and Social Accountability in the Caspian Basin and Beyond
Monday, October 20, 2014

A Missed Opportunity? U.S. Public Diplomacy towards Czechoslovakia, 1945-1953
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Europe's Southern Periphery
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Birth of Heroes: A Biography of Milan Ratislav Štefánik
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Political Insults: How Politics Escalate Conflicts
Thursday, October 30, 2014

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Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on the Kremlin's international propaganda practices.

Recent Mumbai water conference covered by the Times of India.

Participants in a recent conference Central Asia Program speakers quoted by Al Jazeera on Uyghur affairs.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors an op-ed in The Moscow Times on Russian nationalism and Eastern Ukraine.

Associate Director Cory Welt was interviewed on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict, Russia, and U.S. policy. Read the transcripts here and here.

Professor Marlene Laruelle writes a policy memo for PONARS on the Kremlin's views on Russia's European identity.

Dr. Eliot Sorel will co-chair the WPA 2015 Bucharest International Congress on innovation in primary care mental health.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung comments about the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in GW Today.

Professor Marlene Laruelle authors article about Russian nationalists fighting in Ukraine.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung is quoted by Bloomberg regarding the situation in Ukraine.

Assistant Director Robert Orttung authors article on Russia's foreign energy policy.

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