Alyssa Machado is a recipient of the Academic Year 2019-2020 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. The award provides undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students with financial support to develop fluency in less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) and expertise in the regions in which these languages are spoken. Every year the Center for Global Studies awards between 12-15 fellowships to UW students. Click here to learn more.
My research interests lie in the intersection of politics and language in Russia. This interest was inspired by the time I spent living in the country, as well as my extensive academic background in studying Russian history and culture. A strong understanding of the language is necessary in order to pursue this line of research, and the Global Studies FLAS gives me the support I need in order to continue my Russian studies at the University of Washington.