My name is Austin Pellizzer. I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in European and Russian Studies and minoring in Political Science. For as long as I can remember, I have always had a great interest in European history, politics, and current events. Being adopted from Russia and raised Italian, I have been exposed to facets of what it truly means to be European and share in the heritage and history of such a diverse and unique continent.
Two years ago, I had the privilege of being a student in Professor Evan’s class of 20th century German History. It is in this class that I acquired a true interest in the politics of “remembering” related to the Post-Cold War nations of the Eastern bloc. Specifically, East Germany. It is because of these very significant historical aspects I believe it is imperative to understand why and how the rise of populism is becoming so mainstream.
Lastly, on a more personal note, some of my hobbies and passions include travelling, photography (particularly aviation and landscapes), binge-watching horror movies (the classics are my favourite), and learning all there is about European history, American and Israeli politics, and getting sushi with friends.
I am so excited to meet you all and to have lively and respectful discussions and debates.