Introduction: Nagy

Hello all!

My name is Matt, or really any derivation of Matthew as I’ve probably been called it before; and luckily for once there doesn’t seem to be another Matt in the class, so you will not have to learn how to pronounce my last name. I did a bachelor’s at Carleton in History and Political Science with a minor in Russian and I’m now a second year graduate student in EURUS. My research topic is on how Russia is structuring its foreign policy towards the individual nations of the Visegrád Four. I took this course in part because there are shockingly few courses that handle Central Europe to any significant degree. I am also fascinated with the use of language and terminology to establish oppositional relationships.

Introduction: Cameron Sen

Hello everyone! My name is Cameron Sen, but most of my friends call me Cam, so feel free to call me whatever is easier for you; I am not too picky. I am entering the 4th year of my undergrad in legal studies with a concentration in Business Law, and I am also minoring in History.

Since coming to Carleton, outside of my law classes, I have taken an interest in Russian History and European History to a lesser degree. I took this class primarily to better understand the various factors far-right populism has had in shaping the current political state of Europe. With that being said, I am really interested in knowing and understanding the trends that have enabled far-right leaders from various European countries to gain/maintain power. I am also keen to learn the effects and influence that populism movements have had on respective European societies as a whole.

Outside of school, I am a massive sports fan. Whether it is hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, F1 racing, I am borderline obsessed with many aspects of the world of sport. Sports aside, I also like to run, listen to music (in particular 90s and 2000s alternative rock) and look at memes.

Wishing everyone a great first semester!

Introductions: Ben Turpin

Hello/Bonjour! My name is Benoit, or Ben, Turpin! I am a 5th year student with 4th year standing, who’s desperately hoping to finish out my Combined BA Honours in History and Political Science. My interests lie in the effects that history has on the political and economic issues of today . I love studying all kinds of history but the writing side isn’t always my strong point. Please let me know if my reflective texts make absolutely no sense!

Pre-Covid I worked as a parliamentary tour guide, but I have since found work as a lock operator at the Canal locks right beside campus. If you need to bribe me (highly unlikely), bombard me with pictures of your cats, dogs or any other pets you may have. Also acceptable would be feeding me, as I love to cook but being fed is always better! Unfortunately, my cat is being fussy about being on camera but I can assure you plenty of photos of her will find their way on this feed.

Hi everyone,

My name is Madeline Guthrie, but most people just call me Maddie. I’m entering the fourth year of my undergrad with a major in History and a minor in Film Studies. While I’m still working to narrow down specific areas of interest, I’m aiming to attend a graduate program in Library and Information Studies at some point. When I’m not in class or slinging scones at the SconeWitch, I enjoy reading, knitting, tending to my sourdough starter, and entertaining my kitten, Bonnie.

(If prompted, I will bombard you with cat photos. You have been warned.)

I’m looking forward to our conversations over the semester as this will allow me to gain a greater understanding of circumstances in which authoritarian regimes (throughout history and into the present) have had the ability to grow and gain significant power. I’m particularly interested in learning about how this relates to conceptualizations and expressions of gender, sexuality, and disability.

Introduction: Declan Da Barp

Declan Da Barp

Hi all!

My name is Declan Da Barp and I am from Toronto. I am a journalism and history major finishing my final semester before I graduate in January. Both the journalism and history programs have allowed me to explore my interests in the intersection between sports, populism, and authoritarianism. As a huge soccer fan, I see the sport being a useful lens to understand society. I see this class aiding in my understanding of populist movements which are becoming more prominent across the western world. I look forward to exploring a lot of these ideas with all of you.

When not watching soccer, I enjoy reading, playing sports, and cooking.


Hello Everyone, my name is Darren Viau and I am a fourth year undergrad with a major in History and a Minor in Greek and Roman Studies.

My main interests are centered in Asian history, Medieval Europe, Classical Antiquity, and the eras surrounding the two World Wars. Despite this, my main interest in this course is to get a better understanding into how Europe functioned after the chaos of the Second World War. I love animals and have owned enough of them to have had a small Zoo! I look forward to getting to know you all better throughout this course.


My name is Didem. I came from Agri\Turkey and am MA student at EURUS. I graduated from Ankara University Department of German Language and Literature, which is one of my country Turkey’s long-established universities,with the degree in 2014. Within the scope of the Erasmus program, in the year 2013, I completed my education in Paderborn University in Germany, and in the summer period of the same year, completed my education in the University of Cologne by being awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scholarship. This process, in particular, increased my interest in Western culture and made me wish to learn more about this culture. When I returned to my country in 2014, I got into the International Relations Department of Anadolu University and nurtured my interest and motivation in this field within an academic framework.

I chose the Postwar to EU, as I want to improve myself about European, European Union and integration.

I enjoy doing yoga, reading ,wathing movies and documentries .”Lord of the Rings” is my favourite film.

Here, I am sharing a photo of the city where I was born and grew up.


My name is Wesley M. I’m a 4th year undergrad History student (this is my 6th and final year).

I’m very interested in European history of any time period (medieval, early-modern, modern, contemporary). My specific interest is looking at how power works, why certain populist leaders are permitted by their societies to accomplishes their agendas (no matter how controversial or damaging to the country they may in fact be), and most importantly how those autocratic or populist feaders maintain their influence and legitimacy. I’ll put it another way, that might resonate better by quoting a rather famous author “Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.”[1]

I’m interested in learning more about how the far-right is able to maintain itself when the majority are not behind them in this class.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, writing, playing chess, and hanging out with my dogs.

[1] George R.R. Martin. A Clash of Kings. 1998. New York: Bantam, 2000. 131-132.


Hi Everyone!

My name is Emma and I am in my final year of my undergrad in History, with minors in Canadian Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

I am interested in looking at how gender and sexuality were viewed/understood by the far right.

In my free time I enjoy reading, museums and going for walks.


My name is Kathleen McKinnon, I’m a 2nd year EURUS MA in the European stream and have a BA in Poli Sci minoring in History and German. My research focus is on how Europeanization has affected the minority rights of Russian speakers in Latvia and Estonia mainly through the EU and its accession process but also through other bodies like the Council of Europe. I’m hoping to learn a little bit of how authoritarianism gains traction and why people respond to this type of regime. I’m also interested if this could be related to my research paper in someway even if indirectly.