"I applied to the Scholars program because I wanted to further my knowledge and understanding of the European political arena. In addition, I wanted to gain the necessary research experience to further my academic goals. Through this program I have been given the opportunity to apply the tools UF has provided me with as a student. Without the Scholars program I wouldn’t have had the support to tackle my academic interests."
European Union Studies
European history, European Union studies, politics of Central and Eastern Europe.
Academic and Other Awards
- University Scholars Program Scholarship (2011-2012)
- Florida Bright Futures
Hobbies and Interests
Evolution of Youth: From Communist to Post Communist East Central Europe
Given the recent events that took place in Africa and the Middle East, one cannot help but think back to the years of revolutions in East Central Europe. These youth-driven events are not unlike the youth participations in the uprisings held against the communist systems in East Central Europe. Unlike these events, in East Central Europe, the youth’s role was an evolutionary process seen actively in the 50’s, 60’s, and even the 70’s as tools of the communist governments in the form of Communist Youth and propaganda. In the late 80’s and early 90’s, large, mobilized groups of youth demanding reforms defined the youth movements of the time and served as the models for youth movements of today. My proposed University Scholars project combines a focus on the history of Communist Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland in order to make a connection to the youth of post communist East Central Europe. By focusing on the role of youth throughout the communist regimes, I will attempt to discover the effects that the past has had on the politics of today’s youth. The purpose of my research will be to answer questions of how history has affected the identification of today’s youth in a political sense. Has there been a decline of youth participation in politics in East Central Europe, and if so why? Have the past movements of youth, which were so essential for the downfall of the communist governments in the region, inspired the youth of today? I want to further explore how far the history of the area, which caused mass mobilizations and underground movements has effected the regions youth, and if it has, what has it given birth to; a more mobile and participatory youth or one of acceptance and lack of interest?