Meet the Students

MJ Lieb

I’m MJ Lieb and I’m a senior studying Communications at the University of Michigan with a minor in Modern European Studies. I am interested in a career in Marketing and would love to move to London when I graduate. My favorite class material has been learning about the different types of feminism within the world and how they are interconnected and differ.

Anna Graff

Anna is an Economics major, minoring in Environmental Sustainability and Eastern European Studies. In the Fall of 2015 Anna had the unique opportunity to study at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The experience played an integral role in shaping her interest in the region and its characteristics, especially in regard to societal transition. SLAVIC 470 provided an opportunity to examine the transitions from women’s perspectives. Anna hopes to earn her J.D. and eventually work to negotiate and implement EU energy and environment directives in Central and Eastern European member states.

Anthony Castaneda

Anthony is pursuing a M.A. in Russian, East European, Eurasian Studies. He is interested in democratization, generational studies, and public policy in the post-Soviet space and hopes to explore and expand these topics further. He earned a B.A. in political science and Russian language with a Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian from Portland State University in 2016.  With the support of a David L. Boren Scholarship, Anthony completed an overseas capstone year at Al-Farabi National University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In Kazakhstan, Anthony also worked as an intern at Almaty TV, a local news agency.

Deirdre McGovern

Deirdre McGovern is a junior studying Women’s Studies and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Michigan.  She participated in Gender, Feminism, and Women Writers in Eastern Europe during the fall of 2016 in an attempt to further her understanding of global feminisms.

Katarina Subotic

Katarina Subotic is a senior studying Electrical Engineering with a focus on electromagnetics with a minor in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language and culture. While those two subjects are completely different, Katarina has made it part of her education to understand more of the language and cultural background she grew up with while also studying engineering. Taking Slavic 470 has been excellent exposure to more perspectives from different countries and how they interrelate, and has proven integral to completing her minor. Her previous work involved research in electrical engineering, which she hopes to continue in graduate school while also pursuing Slavic language and cultural studies, in the future.


Dr. Jodi Greig, Lecturer

Jodi Greig recently received her Ph.D from the UM Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures after defending her dissertation “The Sandbox of History: Nationality, Sexuality, and the Historical Impulse in Contemporary Polish LGBTQ Culture.” She is currently a lecturer in the Slavic Department and teaches courses on gender and sexuality, film, and Polish literature.