Community Updates – February 2022


Özlem Eren, Wisconsin Russia Project graduate assistant and art history PhD student, has been elected as the SHERA (Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian, and Russian Art and Architecture) Graduate Student Communications Fellow for 2022–2024.

Megan Feeley has joined the CREECA team as the new CESSI project assistant ( She is a Wisconsin native and earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Russian here at UW-Madison. She is pursuing a master’s degree in International Public Affairs at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Welcome, Megan!


As a consultant for a piece in The New York Times, Larissa Doroshenko (PhD in Communication Science) discussed the tactics and goals of the Russian disinformation campaign alongside other American researchers and intelligence officials in “Russia Steps Up Propaganda War Amid Tensions With Ukraine.” Doroshenko is a Postdoctoral Associate at Northeastern University’s Department of Communication Studies.

Haunted Dreams: Fantasies of Adolescence in Post-Soviet Culture by Jenny Kaminer  (BA in Russian and Theater) will be published in March 2022 by Cornell University Press. Kaminer is Associate Professor of Russian and Chair of the Department of German and Russian at the University of California-Davis.

Starting in fall 2022, Melissa Miller (PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature) will begin a new appointment as Assistant Professor of Russian at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Faculty & Academic Staff

Theodore Gerber (Sociology) weighed in on the crisis in Ukraine on Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Ideas Network with host Kate Archer Kent. The January 25 episode is available to stream here.

Yoshiko Herrera (Political Science) spoke to Newsradio 620 WTMJ on January 20 about the alarming tensions along the Russian-Ukrainian border. Listen to the podcast episode, “‘The stakes are very high’ in Russia” here.

Professor Emerita Judith Kornblatt (German, Nordic, Slavic+) has been teaching a course on “What Are the Humanities?” at Tel Aviv University. Her students from around the world include several UW graduates affiliated with CREECA over the years. In addition, Professor Kornblatt will deliver a lecture titled “How to Write Wisdom: Divine Sophia in Russia” as part of the series “The Divine Feminine and Her Discontents” at the Harvard Divinity School. Those interested in attending the lecture on March 10 at 12:30 EST are invited to write for the Zoom link.

UW-Madison Russian Flagship co-directors Dianna Murphy and Karen Evans-Romaine have published “Language, culture, and community: Fostering learning through an inter-institutional online game” in  The FLTMAG – a free magazine on technology integration in language teaching and learning.

Manon van de Water (German, Nordic, Slavic+) was awarded emerita status last year and has recently published “Russia: Social Theatre” in International Perspectives on Drama and Citizenship Education: Acting Globally, edited by Nicholas McGuinn, Norio Ikeno, and Edda Sant and published by Routledge.


A book by Andrey V. Ivanov (UW-Platteville, Department of History), A Spiritual Revolution: The Impact of Reformation and Enlightenment in Orthodox Russia (University of Wisconsin Press, 2020), has won two awards at the 2021 ASEEES Convention: the Marc Raeff Prize in Eighteenth Century Russian Studies and the Early Slavic Studies Prize. Learn more about these distinctions here.