Michael Breger is a Master of Liberal Arts candidate at Stanford and a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he studied history and astronomy. While at UVA, Michael was an active member of Model United Nations and was the editor-in-chief ofThe Wilson Journal of International Affairs. A history buff and avid follower of international current events, Michael loves learning about different cultures, languages and literatures. Before coming to CREEES, Michael worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles in Silicon Valley, and also worked at Stanford’s Green Library. When he is not planning upcoming CREEES events, Michael enjoys reading, painting, music, and the outdoors.
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 Rodriguez 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.