global governance and human rights
Sergey was born in Potsdam, Germany. However, following the tumultuous collapse of the Soviet Union, his family returned to their original home in Russia. This was a time of significant historic transformations and hardships in the country, as the Russian people were caught in an impetuous whirlpool of change that eroded the totalitarian Soviet regime and replaced it with the veneer of pseudo-democracy. Sergey grew up in southern Russia, a region that became engulfed in separatist violence, ethnic tensions and political instability that created thousands of internally displaced refugees. This experience, among other events, evoked Sergey’s passion for human rights and helped him find his vocation of serving and protecting people afflicted by discrimination, abuse and poverty.
Sergey travelled to the United States in 2005 in order to pursue a higher education in the area of global affairs and human rights. He recently graduated with high honors from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies. Serge submitted an honors thesis titled “Hypocrisy Inc. Politics of State Recognition in the Post Cold War Eastern Europe and Caucasus”. This comprehensive project examined the motivations behind the decisions of Western democracies to either recognize or not recognize a breakaway political entity as an independent state.
As a MAGIS candidate, Sergey intends to examine the underlying causes of ethnic, religious and communal violence as well as develop a better understanding of the norms of human rights in the international legal system. In the future, Sergey hopes to continue his education and find employment in a humanitarian relief agency that assists displaced and disposed populations to find security and uphold their fundamental human rights. When he is not in the classroom, Sergey enjoys travelling, hiking, learning foreign languages and spending time with his family and friends.
Summer 2013, Sergey worked with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. In the fall, he traveled to Turkey to conduct field research on the problems of Iranian refugees in the country, also worked with two non-profit organizations: "Hate Relief Organization" and "Helsinki Citizens' Assembly."
TEACHING ASSISTANT COURSES
GLOBL 120 - Global Ideol/WrldOrdr; FALL 2012
BL ST 4 - Critical Intro Race; WINTER 2013
GLOBL 120 - Global Ideol/WrldOrdr; SPRING 2013
BL ST 6 - CIVIL RIGHTS MOVMNT; WINTER 2014
BL ST 1 - INTRO AF-AM STUDIES; SPRING 2014