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.



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Assistant Director Robert Orttung blogs about Russian media.

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Ph.D. Student Alexander Reisenbichler awarded research grant and Robert K. Merton Award from the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy for his dissertation research.

Director Peter Rollberg authors article on politics and Russian miniseries.

Director Peter Rollberg reviews Kazakh filmmaker Adelkhan Yerzhanov's The Constructors.

Professor Hope Harrison authors book chapter on German memory of the Berlin Wall.

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