History professor Audrey Altstadt has been awarded a yearlong fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.
Altstadt was one of 20 fellows selected from a field of 330 applicants.
Fellowship winners will work with the Woodrow Wilson Center to turn scholarly research into relevant policy. According to the center’s mission statement, “The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues through independent research and open dialogue to inform actionable ideas for Congress, the Administration and the broader policy community.”
Altstadt’s work on Azerbaijan, a post-Soviet, oil-producing country that borders both Iran and Russia, coincides with current interests in D.C. While Altstadt teaches on subjects such as the history of the USSR and the Russian Revolution, it is her work on human rights and energy in Eurasia, as well as 19th- and early 20th-century political and cultural history of Azerbaijan, that will be the focus of her fellowship. Altstadt brings with her knowledge of both Azerbaijani and Russian languages, as well as hands-on experience in Azerbaijan.