Our team

Editorial team

Alexandra Kuenning

alexandra[at]lossi36.com

Editor in chief. MA student in Central and Eastern European, Russian and Eurasian Affairs. Interested in LGBTQ+ and gender rights, civil society, and culture, particularly within the Black Sea region.

Lukas Baake

lukas@lossi36.com

Deputy Editor-in-Chief. After studies in Berlin, Paris, and London, currently based in Brussels. Interested in Russia, the EU´s external policies, the South Caucasus, and geoeconomics.

Thijs Korsten

thijs@lossi36.com

Caucasus regional editor. Holds an MA in International Relations from Central European University. About to move from East Germany to Brussels. Interested in thinking and writing about war, peace and security policy in the South Caucasus and Eurasia from the perspectives of political sociology and critical security studies.

Sydney Millar

sydney[at]lossi36.com

Central Asia regional editor. Currently based in Virginia. Interested in topics relating to gender, politics, and contemporary art in Central Asia and Russia. Currently focusing on women’s rights in Kazakhstan.

Miłosz Jeromin Cordes

milosz[at]lossi36.com

Central Europe regional editor. Holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and works at the Danish Society for Foreign Policy as a research fellow, the Danish Institute of Studies as a lecturer and at Lund University, Sweden, and as a post-doc researcher. His interests cover Baltic Sea cooperation, identity politics on the south-eastern shores of the Baltic Sea and the history of nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe.

Alyssa Utgof

alyssa[at]lossi36.com

Eastern Europe Regional Editor. Based in Estonia. Social services worker, part-time editor and designer. Interested in queer history, culture of the post-Soviet countries and film photography.

Valentina Berndt

valentina[at]lossi36.com

Russia regional editor. Valentina Berndt is a full-time editor based in Brussels. Her interests include Soviet history, Soviet minority policy, Central Asian national identity discourse, nation formation and Soviet legacy in Russia and Central Asia.

Katherine Leung

Editor and proofreader. A California based educator. As a 2014 Fulbright grant recipient, she taught English in the Russian cities of Samara, Kyzyl, Ulan-Ude, and Nakhodka. She is interested in Central Asian culture and identity.

Newsletter team

Tijs van de Vijver

tijs@lossi36.com

Newsletter lead editor. Leiden University alumnus, currently working on the Eastern Partnership and Russia at the EU Institute for Security Studies in Paris. Interested in EU external policies, Russia & the energy transition, and questions of nationalism & nation-building.

Chaharika Uppal

Newsletter co-editor. Student, currently based in Northern India. Interested in Eurasian history, contemporary post-Soviet politics, and conflict regions.

Agnieszka Widłaszewska

Newsletter co-editor. Brussels-based political scientist, passionate about European security and EU external action, in particular the European Neighbourhood Policy and EU-Russia relations.

Communications team

Maja Soomägi

maja[at]lossi36.com

Head of Communications. Maja Soomägi is a graduate of the University of Glasgow with a degree in Central and East European Studies and Politics. Main areas of interest include social and gender history of the post-socialist region and nationalism studies.

Roland Papp

roland[at]lossi36.com

Roland studied International studies and Slavonic studies in Budapest, and spent some time in Estonia. Later he finished his MA in Kraków and London studying Central and Eastern European studies. Currently he is based in Brussels, working for an International NGO in the EU advocacy field.

Josh Bean

josh[at]lossi36.com

Communications officer. Josh Bean is a student at King’s College London studying for an MSc in Russian and Eurasian Politics and Economics. Josh recently spent six months living in Saint-Petersburg studying Russian history and language and has since spent time travelling through the Baltics, the Caucasus and Central Asia photographing Soviet architecture.

Board

Amanda Sonesson

amanda[at]lossi36.com

Chair of the association and of the board, co-founder. Based in Sweden. Currently working as a project manager for a Swedish NGO and freelance writer and analyst focused on Swedish and Russian politics and economy. Main areas of interest include everything gender, culture and civil society in Eastern Europe/Eurasia.

Laura Royer

laura[at]lossi36.com

Co-founder. Currently based in Brussels, after spending a couple of years in Budapest. Mostly interested in Central and Eastern Europe. Also follows EU politics.

Francis Farrell

franci[at]lossi36.com

Currently a Ukraine-based reporter at the Kyiv Independent, originally from Australia. Previously workd two years as newsletter editor and managing editor at Lossi 36, and as a freelance journalist and documentary photographer. An alumnus of Leiden University in The Hague and University College London. Mainly focused on conflicts, elections, and social movements in the countries of the Lossi 36 region.

Boijdar Kolov

Currently a doctoral research fellow in Russian Studies at the University of Oslo and a theology student at the Sankt Ignatios College in Stockholm. Holds a Master’s degree in EU-Russia Studies from the University of Tartu and worked in the civic sector in Zagreb and Skopje. Main interests include church-state relations, ecclesiastical geopolitics, and political theology.

Lucie Hunter

Currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Sociology at Scuola Normale Superiore in Florence, Italy. Originally from the Czech Republic. Research focuses on fields of social movements and art activism, specifically on the (former) Eastern Bloc. Additionally, Lucie work as a freelance (documentary) filmmaker and podcast editor, and assistant editor at the Review of Democracy. She has written for the Lazy Women online magazine, and runs an Art and Politics discussion group and a Substack channel.

Contributors

Adriano Rodair, Agnieszka Zielonka, Aida Akhmedova, Aigerim Nurseitova, Aizada Arystanbek, Alexander Figurski, Alexandra Slobodov, Alexandra Wishart, Alexandra West, Ana Robakidze, Anastasia Dmitrichenko, Anastasia Karkotskaya, Anastasiya K, Anita Pant, Anna Blue, Ariadna Mane, Augusto Dala Costa, Balsa Lubarda, Bart Alting, Ben Halliday, Catalina Ceban, Caterna Barbi, Ceren Kaya, Charles Fourmi, Chris Coljin, Daniela Munteanu, Daniela Antonovska, Dávid Pieš , David Živković, Elise Mazaud, Ellen Magee, Elsa Court, Emma Lygnerud Boberg, Eva Modebadze, Evguenia Roussel, Felipe Barrientos, Felix Adamson, Filip Rudnik, Florian Coppenrath, Francesco Trupia, Friederike Hartwich, Georgie McCartney, Giorgi Benashvili, Gloria Trifonova, Hamed Kazemzadeh, Hanna Boiko, Hanna Hodgetts, Hannah O’Sullivan, Harold Chambers, Hugo Blewett-Mundy, Ia Khodeli, Ilinka Leger, Ionut Chiruta, Ivan Ivoilov, Ivan U. Klyszcz, Ivana Hadjievska, Jack Gibson, Jack Gill, Jacob Armstrong, Joni Askola, Jordi Beckers, Joseph Elgars, Josh Bean, Judit Deen Jules Ortjens, Juliette Bretan, Kalina Esmein, Karolína Šugarová, Kaspar Schultz, Katerina Bogdanova, Kimberly St Julian-Varnon, Kristy Dick, Kristin Aldag, Kristina Tsabalam Kristine Pitalskaia, Krzysztof Lechowski, Lance Bradley, Laura Kühlert, Levi Bochantin, Lili Rutai, Logan Hulsey, Louis Train, Lucie Tafforin, Ludovica Grossi, Luis Felipe Sauvalle Torres, Luka Jorbenadze, Mahammad Mammadov, Maja Soomägi, Manon Gallet, Margarita Zilinskaya, Marie Mach, Marina Klimanova, Martina Bergamaschi, Martina Urbinti, Marton Gera, Marysia Suchcitz, Maša Šebek, Máté Mohos, Megan McCullough, Merijin Hermens, Michel Krysiak, Miguel Gómez Hernández, Mina Medjedovic, Monika Szafrańska, Myriam Marino, Naser Bislimi, Matalija Stepanovic, Nathan Alan-Lee, Nicholas Morgan, Nick Baigent, Niels van der Togt, Nikki Lohr, Nikol Tomar, Nina Vukoslavcevic, Nino Chanadiri, Oleksii Rudenko, Owen Howells, Patricia Manos, Paul Shields Paulina Adamik, Pavel Hanchuk, Pavlo Cherchatyi, Petronella Dahl, Phoebe Williams, Pippa Crawford, Qianrui Hu, Rachele Colombo, Rebecca Shaw, Renée Rippberger, Rhiannon Segar, Ricardo Bergmann, Roland Papp, Rossana Bernardi, Roxana Chiariac, Ryan Patterson, Ryan Michael Schweitzer, Sabrina Gafforova, Sam Appels, Sarah Fairman, Sasha Mischeriakova, Sergey Kaplichniy, Shujaat Ahmadzada, Silvia Travasoni, Simon Jyrkäs, Sofia Graziano, Sofiya Kominko, Solveiga Kalva, Stefan Žarić, SvetLana Peshkova, Tadeusz Giczan, Tamara Novel, Tamara Stoffers, Tatia Vaktangadze, Teona Sekhniashvili, Tereza Dvořáková, Thapanee Tubnonghee, Thomas Barrett, Valentin Fabre, Veronika Pfeilschifter, Ville Haapanen, Vira Kompaniiets, William Dudley, Xhorxhina Molla, Yanyu Chen, Zack Kramer, Zadig Tisserandm Zhanar Sekerbayeva, Zuzana Krulichova.