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  • Farah Bazzi

    Farah Bazzi

    Ph.D. Student in History, admitted Autumn 2018

    BioFarah Bazzi (she/her/هي) was born in Lebanon and raised in The Netherlands. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in early modern global history at Stanford University. Farah’s work attempts to bridge both Mediterranean and Atlantic history by focusing on how objects, people, and imaginations moved between the Ottoman world, Morocco, Iberia, and the Americas during the sixteenth and seventeenth century. Furthermore, Farah’s research interests include environmental thought, race, indigeneity, cosmology, cartography, and technologies of conquest. In her dissertation, Farah looks at the expulsion of the moriscos and their presence in the Americas, Morocco and the Ottoman Empire from an socio-environmental perspective. In addition to this, Farah is interested the construction of al-Andalus as an aesthetically appealing, pursuable, and transplantable natural and racialized landscape in Spanish, Arabic, and Ottoman sources.

    Currently, Farah is one of the project founders and managers of the ‘Life in Quarantine: Witnessing Global Pandemic’ project sponsored by CESTA, the History Department, and the Division of Languages and Cultures. She is also the graduate coordinator for the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (CMEMS) at Stanford and the Graduate Student Counselor (director) on the board of the Renaissance Society of America (RSA).

  • Alina Bykova

    Alina Bykova

    Ph.D. Student in History, admitted Autumn 2020
    Other Tech - Graduate, History Department
    Graduate Research Assistant, Sociology

    BioAlina is a PhD student in Russian and East European History. Her research interests include Soviet environmental history with a focus on the Arctic, Soviet industrial development, and post-Soviet deindustrialization. Alina is writing her dissertation on the environmental history of Svalbard. She also works as a research associate and editor-in-chief at The Arctic Institute.

    In 2019 Alina earned her masters in European and Russian Affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Her masters thesis was about the rise and fall of Soviet mining settlements on 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.