Bio


Alina is a doctoral student in Russian and Eastern European History. Her research interests include Soviet environmental history with a focus on the Arctic, Soviet industrial development, and post-Soviet deindustrialization.

Alina is editor-in-chief and research associate at The Arctic Institute. In 2019 she earned her masters in European and Russian Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her dissertation was about the rise and fall of Soviet mining settlements on the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Prior to her experience in academia, she completed a Bachelor of Journalism at Ryerson University and worked as a breaking news reporter at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper.

Education & Certifications


  • BJourn, Ryerson University, Journalism (2017)
  • MA, University of Toronto, European and Russian Affairs (2019)