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  • 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.