"I applied for the Scholars program because I wanted to conduct academic research at the highest level. I wanted to have the opportunity to spend the entire academic year and a summer researching for, writing, and editing a major paper that would actually advance the understanding in the fields of history and international relations."
I am interested in history of all kinds; from ancient to modern, and spanning the entire globe. As for my research interests, I enjoy the intersection of international relations theory, economics, and diplomatic history.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Wentworth Scholar (2008-2009)
- DC Gators Exceptional Merit and Service Award (2010)
- Taiwan-USA Sister Relations Alliance Scholarship (2011)
Hobbies and Interests
- Running, basketball, and the outdoors.
The Russo-French Alliance
I am studying the public reaction in Russia to the shift from a pro-German to a pro-French foreign policy of the Russian Empire in the early 1890s. The focus is on how the press and various publications (both authorized by the Russian censors and those published underground) reacted to the developments. I would like to determine which elements of Russian society supported the shift to a pro-French policy and who lamented the deterioration of Russo-German relations. It will also be the aim of this investigation to ascertain whether public opinion merely reacted to the developments or if it influenced the decision making of the Russian government. This study is of great relevance to the broader study of history because the Franco-Russian alliance shifted the alliance network in Europe, paving the way for the Triple Entente and eventually the First World War. Lastly, the work will be of value to the international relations discipline as it will analyze how the public reacted to such a sudden and dramatic shift in alliances. Methodology: I intend to use almost exclusively primary sources since the chief aim of the research is to uncover public sentiment towards the diplomatic shift mentioned earlier. I will look at newspapers, periodicals, journals, and pamphlets to gauge Russian public perception at the time. Since the press and the publishing industry were under heavy censorship during the reign of Alexander III, I will also look at underground publications that were distributed among the intelligentsia.