Fulbright Scholar - Luke Rodeheffer ’11
Fulbright Research Fellowship to Kiev, Ukraine
What is your major?
Foreign Languages and Literatures
What is your hometown?
How did you become interested in your research topic? What sort of real-world implications might your research have?
I lived in Moscow for year through a non-LC program, and the research I conducted there made me very interested in further studying the history of modern Eastern Europe. I first became interested in this topic when studying Soviet and Ukrainian history and watching the continuing discourse on this period within contemporary Ukrainian society. This historical period is vital to the construction of Ukrainian post-Soviet identity, primarily because it reveals a large amount about Ukraine’s relationship with Europe and other post-Soviet states. This issue continues to play a huge role in the political discourse in Ukrainian society.
How do you think your Lewis & Clark education contributed to you seeing yourself as a citizen in a global community?
Lewis & Clark offers wonderful course programs in German and Russian, which I took full advantage of during my time here as a student. I also enjoyed learning from and befriending language assistants in college and gaining from their life experiences, which made me very interested in pursuing history further.
What are your plans for the future, and how do you think your Fulbright experience will figure in those plans?
I hope that my research experience will prepare me for further work in the field of history, initially through a MA program in history at a German university.
Any advice to share with other Lewis & Clark students applying for similar awards in the future?
Take full advantage of the foreign language department at Lewis & Clark College. There is a lot to learn if you are willing to apply yourself.