Faculty Spotlights

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

Misha Appeltova is the Academic Advisor at the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. She has received MAs in Gender Studies from the Charles University in Prague and in MAPSS from the University of Chicago, and holds a PhD in History from the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on gender, sexuality, and disability in 20th century Central and Eastern Europe.


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.


Zoltan Kelemen is a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Pitt in Hungarian Studies in Fall 2022. He is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Corvinus University in Budapest, Hungary.  He’s finishing up a book on neo-medievalism and the European Union.


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.


Anna Kovalova (Slavic) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. 


Iknur Lider (Linguistics) is a fellow at the University Honors College, the Chairperson for the Turkish Nationality Room, and the advisor for the Turkish American Student Association.


Eva Lovra is a Fulbright Visiting Professor at Pitt in Hungarian Studies in Spring 2023. She holds a Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences and has conducted postdoctoral research at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and at the University of Novi Sad. She is a senior lecturer/adjunct professor at the University of Debrecen's Department of Civil Engineering.


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.


SRB Podcast · REEES Faculty Spotlight: James Pickett

James Pickett (History) focuses on empire and Islam as entangled sources of authority, with particular attention to historical memory and state formation. His book, Polymaths of Islam: Power and Networks of Knowledge in Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2020), examines transregional networks of exchange among religious scholars in the Central Asian city-state of Bukhara. Through mastery of arcane disciplines, these multi-talented intellectuals enshrined their city as a peerless center of Islam, and thereby elevated themselves into the halls of power.


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.