Yana is a Ph.D. student specializing in comparative politics and democratization in the Department of Political Science. She holds a B.A. in Classical History and an M.A. in Legal Studies, both from Carleton University. Her research, which is funded by the Joseph-Armand Bombardier SSHRC fellowship, investigates the impact of a legacy of authoritarianism on post-Soviet politics and societies. She asks: how are histories of repression represented in politics today and for what purpose?
The topic of Yana’s doctoral research reflects her ongoing interest in issues of transitional justice, which she first addressed in her M.A. thesis: From Soviet Dictatorship to Russian Dermo-cratia: Toward a Theory of Political Justice. That project was guided by the work of philosopher Hannah Arendt and explored Russia’s political transition by looking closely at two instances of attempted transitional justice: a truth commission and a constitutional trial. Yana is a member of the Transitional Justice Network at the Liu Institute where she continues to think and write about the connections between justice, truth, memory and transition.