Kamila Orlova’s current research looks at the human rights and civil society development in Ukraine and Russia; she is closely engaged with the Russian historical and civil rights society Memorial.
Kamila earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami in 2015 and the M.A. in European and Russian Studies from Yale University in 2018. During her undergraduate years, Kamila concentrated on the Soviet-American relations during the Cold War and U.S.-Russia relations after the demise of the Soviet Union, with a special focus on such functional issues as arms control and non-proliferation, counterterrorism, economics and energy, as well as on Russia’s policies towards the countries in the former Soviet space.
At Yale Kamila’s research interests included European intellectual history, history of human rights, Russian émigré culture (in particular the work of Ivan Bunin, Vladimir Nabokov, and Joseph Brodsky), 1968 Poland and Czechoslovakia in comparison, communist era dissidents, and Russian drama and theater from the 19th through the 21st century (special emphasis on directing for the stage). Within her Master’s thesis, Kamila produced an in-depth study of the state of dissent in the Soviet Union and opposition in Vladimir Putin’s Russia.