On July 3rd we had lunch with Erin Alpert, a WM alum who currently is doing her research in Moscow. Erin graduated from William and Mary in 2007 with a major in Russian Studies. Since then she got her MA and passed her PhD exams at the Department of Slavic Languages at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently is working on her dissertation and taking classes at one of Moscow universities.
Erin told us about her research. She examines Soviet documentary cinema of the Gorbachev era, which came to be known as perestroika era. During this period of Russia’s democratization, cinema played a key role in the dissolution of state censorship of media and art production. Erin told us about Moscow archives and libraries, her grad school experience, and how she manages to combine the grad school with running marathons. Going through the Ph.D. program is perhaps not unlike running the marathon 🙂