Abigail Thompson is a native of Columbia, MO and graduated from the University of Alabama in spring 2016 with a BA in Economics and Political Science and a MA in Applied Economics. Having received a minor in Russian as well, Abigail spent summer 2016 as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace at the Russian School at Middlebury College in Vermont, and then spent the last nine months completing both a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship and a Critical Language Enhancement Award in Irkutsk. Abigail will be completing a joint degree between Stanford’s Law School and CREEES, in hopes of developing a career as a multidisciplinary resource for those dealing in Arctic affairs.
Jake Zawlacki graduated from the University of San Diego where he received a B.A. in Art History and Interdisciplinary Humanities. After graduating, he served in the Peace Corps as a Community Youth Specialist in the predominantly Kazakh western province of Mongolia. Following his Peace Corps service, Jake received a Fulbright research grant to study the health impacts and demographics of traditional Central Asian cradleboards in the Kyrgyz Republic. He is currently studying Kazakh this summer at Nazarbayev University under a FLAS grant.