Faculty Spotlights

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The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies occasionally highlights its REEES-affiliated faculty.

Olga Klimova (Slavic) is the Director of Pitt's Russian Program. Olga's diverse professional and academic interests include visual and popular culture of the late-Soviet and post-Soviet periods, instructional technology, instructional design, online teaching and learning, and curriculum development.


Kathleen Manukyan (Slavic) is the Managing Director and Coordinator of Pitt's Summer Language Institute (SLI) and Coordinator of the SLI Russian Program.  Her research interests are Russian Romanticism, phonetics, opera and dance, and Gogol. She lived in Moscow for two years, where she studied Russian language and music performance, and she still actively maintains a career in opera performance.


Attila Kenyeres is a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Pitt in Hungarian Studies in Fall 2021. He is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Cultural Management at the University of Debrecen, a journalist, and freelance writer. His research examines manipulation techniques in news media, “fake news,” and the role of educational science television programs in adult informal learning of adults.


Ana Sekulic is a UCIS Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Ana is a historian of the early modern Ottoman world and Southeastern Europe.