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Established as a consortium in 1984, The Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies advances innovative use-inspired research and teaching on the languages, societies and geopolitics of greater Eurasia. The Center’s core mission is to enhance contextual expertise and cultural awareness in the communities it serves, through partnerships across disciplinary, ideological and geographical borders.
As an instructional unit, the Center sponsors the Critical Languages Institute, one of the largest summer training academies for intensive training in less commonly taught East European and Eurasian languages.
As a research unit, the Center draws on the expertise of over forty faculty affiliates, and partners with educational institutions in the US and the region to build programs of academic exchange, international development, and collaborative research.
The Melikian Center adopted its current name in late 2006, in recognition of the generous support of Gregory and Emma Melikian.
The Melikian Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Irina Levin as a postdoctoral fellow for 2018-19. Dr. Levin received her doctorate in anthropology from New York University in 2017 for her PhD thesis, entitled "Uncertain Returns: Citizenship and Law in the Caucasus." Drawing on language proficiency in Russian, Turkish and Azerbaijani, and on extensive fieldwork with Meskhetian and Ahiska Turkish communities in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey, Dr. Levin explores contemporary issues of disputed citizenship, legacies of displacement and trauma, and the particular social and political significance of identity documents, from the points of view of both states and individuals trying to establish and maintain security in precarious times. Dr. Levin will spend 2018-19 at ASU, pursuing further research and also teaching at Barrett, the Honors College. She recently posted this account of the disputed identify of a "Turkish" SS Officer on the All the Russias blog at NYU's Jordan Center.
Highlights from an interview with Haley Adams conducted by David Brokaw. Haley graduated in May 2018 with a certificate in Russian and East European Studies (REES).
Why did you choose the REES Certificate?
I chose it after taking History 304 [Survey of Soviet History] with Tyler Kirk*. I had always been interested in Russian history, and I knew that is were I wanted my concentration to be – geographic region. I talked to him about it, and he let me know about the Certificate.
*Tyler Kirk -- a graduate teaching assistant and a graduate student affiliate of the Melikian Center
What REES course was most beneficial or memorable?
I really liked the conversation classes with [Dr. Saule] Moldabekova, the Russian conversation classes. I felt like I became better at Russian in those classes. And then I really liked my history capstone with [Dr. Laurie] Manchester. That was the Russian Revolution. That was a good research class.
What are your plans now?
In the fall of the year, I am doing a graduate certificate at ASU in linguistics. And then I am applying for masters programs.
* Haley is pictured above with Dr. Donald Livingston, who is a Senior Lecturer of Russian at ASU and served as a Russian-language mentor for Haley.