Eric is a first year graduate student in KU’s Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies. He received his bachelor’s double degree in International Studies and Russian Studies from Texas A&M University in May of 2013. He has traveled to Kazakhstan and studied abroad in Vladivostok in the summer of 2012. His research interests involve Human Trafficking in Eastern Europe, specifically in Serbia through an interdisciplinary analysis of political science, history and humanities. He plans one day to be a part of an NGO that works with nations where the rate of Trafficking is high, to help eradicate it. When not doing the tireless and endless piles of work that Kurt adamantly disposes at a whim on his desk, Eric enjoys cycling, basketball, and playing board games. Despite relentless efforts to convert to “The Dark Side” aka Ohio State, his loyalties will always lie with Texas A&M and Kansas University (for basketball only).