Christina Gusella

Christina Gusella

Christina Gusella


I am a second-year master’s student from Alexandria, Virginia, though I spent a large part of my life in lowcountry South Carolina. My primary field of research is Modern Europe with a specialty in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian/Soviet studies. I am also pursuing a secondary field within one of Mississippi State University’s Nodes of Excellence, encompassing the themes of Empire, Power, Identity and Conflict (EPIC). I recently returned from a three-month Russian language program in Moscow, where I also conducted archival research on my current project, which focuses on Cold War propaganda and Soviet cultural diplomacy in the 1960s.


Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
• M.A. European History, in progress (expected May 2018)
• Secondary field in Empire, Power, Identity, Conflict (EPIC)
The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
• B.A. History and Political Science, May 2016
• Minor in International Studies


Other Education
GRINT Centre, Moscow University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia
• Study Abroad Program in Russian Language and Culture, Summer 2017
Vesalius College, Brussels, Belgium
• Study Abroad Program in Political Science, Summer 2015
• Undergraduate Certificate in Global Studies

Academic Career

Teaching Assistant, Mississippi State University, Fall 2016-Present
• World History Before 1500 (Fall 2016, Fall 2017)
• Modern Western World (Spring 2017)
Guest Lecturer, “Aksum, Nubia, and Bantu: Oh My! Early Civilizations on the African Continent,” World History Before 1500, Mississippi State University, Fall 2016
Teacher Cadet, Introduction to French Language and Culture, Hilton Head Island Middle School, 2011-2012

Research Interests

• Modern Europe
• Russia, Central Europe, Eastern Europe
• Nationalism, Political Culture, and Identity
• Politics and Diplomacy
• International Relations and Global Security


“American Defectors: William Martin, Bernon Mitchell, and the Ideological Seduction of the Cold War,” presented at 9th Annual Power and Struggle Graduate Conference at the University of Alabama; Tuscaloosa, AL (September 2017)

“American Defectors: William Martin, Bernon Mitchell, and the Ideological Seduction of the Cold War,” presented at 55th Annual Southern Conference on Slavic Studies; Alexandria, VA (April 2017)

Honors & Awards

James W. Garner Scholar, Mississippi State University (August 2016-Present)
Dr. Janos Radványi Scholar, Mississippi State University (April 2017-Present)
Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society (April 2017-Present)

Professional Associations

American Historical Association
Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
Association for Women in Slavic Studies
Graduate Student Association
Southern Conference on Slavic Studies
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

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