I’m a historian of Russia and Eastern Europe who also teaches courses in modern Europe, European imperialism, and world history. I was drawn to history at an early age when listening to my great aunt’s stories about her experiences in World War I and fleeing to Siberia and China after the Russian Revolution. I became interested in Communism during the Cold War as I had personal connections on both sides of the Iron Curtain. I realized that human beings are highly adaptable and can make lives for themselves under very different political systems and economies. Today I like to follow current events while always keeping the past in mind. At McDaniel I’ve worked with individual students in Independent Study courses and on research projects through the History Department’s Senior Colloquium.