Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight: Tinatin Japaridze (MARS-REERS '19)

Tinatin Japaridze (MARS-REERS ’19) is enrolled in the Harriman’s BA/MA program, which allows Columbia undergraduates to begin coursework for their master’s degree in their senior year, as they complete undergraduate degrees in their respective departments. The nontraditional approach proved a perfect match for Japaridze, who came to the Harriman from the School of General Studies (GS).

Student Spotlight: Andres Fernandez (MARS-REERS ’18)

When Andres Fernandez (MARS-REERS ’18) first visited Hungary through an American Field Service exchange program during the 2010-11 academic year, he fell in love with the country. But he was also shocked by the blatant anti-Semitism, racism and nationalism that he observed from the people around him, including his host father. A few years later, he had a similar experience in Russia. Read more.

Student Spotlight: Sarah Calderone (SIPA '18)

Sarah Calderone (SIPA ’18) has been interested in the treatment of migrants in Russia since 2012. That year, as a junior at Drew University, she received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. State Department to study Russian in Vladimir—a small city about 120 miles outside of Moscow. Calderone spent two months there, and was struck by the negative attitude toward migrants that she encountered. Read more.

Student Spotlight: Maria Snegovaya

When Maria Snegovaya, a doctoral candidate in Columbia’s Department of Political Science, started researching the rise of the radical and populist right in Eastern and Central Europe back in 2013, she had no idea just how globally relevant the topic would become. Then, three years later, radical and populist right movements gained unexpected prominence in both Western Europe and the United States. Read more.

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