Noura Khaled holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut, and has a range of experiences in the coordination and management of projects in non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Noura has worked as a Program Officer for the Leadership Development Fellowship (LDF), a project funded by the U.S. State Department’s U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and implemented by World Learning. She also served as Project Coordinator in the Office of Regional External Programs at the American University of Beirut before moving to the United States in 2019. In addition, Noura has managed projects in mental health, gender-based violence, leadership and advocacy at Humanity & Inclusion, Relief International and KAFA (Enough) Violence & Exploitation.
A native of Lebanon, she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the American University of Beirut with a minor in Communications and a diploma in Media studies. She is fluent in Arabic, English and French. Noura enjoys reading, traveling, running, hiking and dancing.
Jovana Lazić Knežević is an historian whose research and teaching interests focus on belligerent occupation and the social and cultural history of the First World War; urban history; and the Habsburg Empire, the Balkans and Yugoslavia. She is author of several book chapters and articles on gender and war and the Habsburg-occupied Serbian capital of Belgrade during World War I. A graduate of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and recipient of a diplome from Sciences Po-Paris, she received her PhD from Yale University. Jovana came to Stanford in 2006 to teach in the History Department and joined CREEES in 2013.
At CREEES, Jovana oversees operations of the Center, advises MA students, and develops and manages programming. She also teaches REEES-related courses on World War I in Eastern Europe and Russia and on the 19th/early 20th century urban history of Europe’s continental empires as well as the Global 101: Critical Issues in Global Affairs.
Nelia Lanets holds a M.S. in Educational Counseling from the University of La Verne, and has experience providing comprehensive guidance and advising to diverse student populations related to their academic, personal, and career goals at a number of 4-year and community colleges. A native of Ukraine, Nelia earned her undergraduate degree in International Economics in Kharkiv. She communicates fluently in Ukrainian, Russian, and Polish.
At CREEES, Nelia provides comprehensive support and advising to MA students and visiting scholars. Nelia enjoys learning and exploring new cultures, not only through traveling and reading, but also through her engagement with diverse students and communities. When she is not serving students and the community, Nelia can be found hiking, reading, or traveling.
Amir Weiner is Director of CREEES and Associate Professor of Soviet History. Professor Weiner teaches and writes on totalitarian movements and regimes with a focus on the Soviet polity; population politics; the Second World War; and modern mass violence. His current research is on the KGB and the Soviet surveillance state.