At this year’s Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) conference in New Orleans there were many people to talk to outside of the panel presentations and organizational meetings.

Image of the front cover of Dinissa Duvanova's bookFormer Graduate Research Associate of the RCMSS/HRL Dinissa Duvanova (Department of Political Science, State University of New York at Buffalo) has a book, Building Business in Post-Communist Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: Collective Goods, Selective Incentives, and Predatory States, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press (December 2012).

A number of alumni from the RCMSS/HRL Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) were in attendance: Natasha Ermolaev (MSSI 2001) manages the digital Blue Mountain Project at Princeton University; Ariann Stern-Gottschalk (MSSI 2001) is in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Indiana UniversityInés García de la Puente (MSSI 2003) teaches at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland); Yulia Mikhailova (MSSI 2006) is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of New Mexico; Quinn Carey Dombrowski (MSSI 2006) will soon be working at the University of California, Berkeley; and Andrew Dombrowski (MSSI 2006) is finishing up his dissertation in the Slavic Department of the University of Chicago.

Image of the front cover of the book The Russian's WorldAlumni of the OSU Slavic Department on hand at ASEEES included Todd Armstrong (Chair, Russian Department) and Raquel Greene (Associate Professor of Russian), who both teach Russian literature at Grinnell College (Grinnell, Iowa);  Eloise Boyle, co-author with Genevra Gerhart of The Russian’s World: Life and Language (Slavica Publishers, 4th ed., 2012); Valentina Izmirlieva, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University (New York); David Patton, President of the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER), and Vice President of the American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS); and Frederick H. White, Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Utah Valley University (Orem, Utah).

OSU History Department alumni present at the conference included Aaron B. Retish (Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan) and Matthew P. Romaniello (Associate Professor, University of Hawai’i at Manoa).