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Judaic Studies Program

Liya Mikhaylova

I graduated from the University at Albany in August 2006. Taking Judaic studies courses and interning in the department has provided me with a wealth of knowledge about not only Judaism, but on the questions of minorities in politics, survivor’s guilt, and multiculturalism. Today, after having worked in Russia and studied in Turkey, I am working on completing my M.A. in Russian, Eurasian, and Eastern European studies at Columbia University. Since my work focuses on analysis of a vast region with a complex historical past, I am thankful for having already addressed some necessary questions.

Professor Trachtenberg was a great teacher and mentor. He pushed me to think analytically and critically about nationality, the state, self-perception, and history. My current work touches on these in relation to Russia, the North Caucasus, and political development in the region.