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CREEES MA Students

Madelaine Graber

Madelaine Graber graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a B.A.H. in Psychology and a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures. She engaged deeply in the psychological sciences through an honors thesis focused on how relationships between hormones in the brain are affected by stressful life experiences; she merged her two majors in her Slavic capstone project in which she analyzed how Chekhov depicted psychosis in his stories. As a CREEES student, she hopes to continue to both improve her Russian language skill and apply her psychological training to issues of foreign relations between Russia and the rest of the world.
Abigail Thompson

Abigail Thompson

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

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.