Veronica Muskheli is a doctoral student in Slavic Languages and Literatures Department. She is a current Alvord Fellow in Humanities at the University of Washington. Born and raised in Russia, a native speaker of the language, she is also a student of Slovenian and Georgian. Veronica is a recipient of 2013-2014 summer and academic-year FLAS award for the Slovenian language. In the summer of 2014, she was a recipient of the Boba Travel Grant for folklore research in Georgia. In her dissertation, Veronica focuses on folkloric structures in contemporary Russian literature to investigate how those structures reflect national, ethnic, religious, and gender identities in Russia. She extends her approach to comparative studies within post-communist space literatures in general.