Teyloure Ring is a recipient of the Academic Year 2014-2015 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.
As a MA candidate in the Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies program, I have been studying the integration of cyber tools in information operations in the successor states of the Soviet Union. The bulk of my research focuses on activities occurring in the Russian segment of the Internet. The FLAS fellowship I received from the Center for Global Studies allowed me to significantly improve my Russian language skills. With the help of the FLAS fellowship, I was able to study advanced Russian translation theory. This course proved invaluable in my thesis research. I was able to share digital content available only in Russian with an English-speaking audience. This content was essential to my analysis of cyber security in the region.