Since 2017, the Melikian Center has asked faculty and graduate students to discuss their prior and present research, and the teachers and experiences that have influenced them. You can watch these short interviews, filmed and edited by Ari Gajraj, by clicking on the short description. Clicking the interviewee's name will take you to the interviewee's ASU profile, or (for former affiliates) to their personal web page.

Ana Hedberg Olenina (Comparative Literature and Media Studies) on lessons in the creative fusion of art and science from early Soviet film.

Volker Benkert (History) on how ordinary citizens made sense of abrupt political change in 20th century Germany.

Tyler Kirk (History) on the importance of Soviet Gulag prisoners' memory-work for understanding totalitarianism.

Martin Beck Matuštík (Philosophy and Religious Studies) on the importance of ritual in a technological age.

Victor Peskin (Politics and Global Studies) on the enduring importance of International War Crimes Tribunals in the campaign to protect human rights.

Robert Niebuhr (History and Political Science) on Tito's distinctive, personal approach to diplomacy and foreign policy.

Eugene Clay (Religious Studies) on the diversity of Christian practice and beliefs in Russia.

Irina Levin (Anthropology) on the lived experience of migration, identity and citizenship in and after the Soviet Union.

Keith Brown (Anthropology) on the oral history of anti-authoritarianism in unexpected places

Laurie Stoff (History) on women, war and revolution in Russia.

Anna Cichopek-Gajraj (History) on Polish and Jewish efforts to rebuild lives, and relate to their shared homeland, after World War II.

Iveta Silova (Education) on the enduring social and political influences of our high school experience.

Laurie Manchester (History) on the contribution of marginalized communities to Russian national identity.

Danko Šipka (Linguistics) on language, cultural difference and the pleasure of dictionaries.