Katherine Mansourova is working with Professor Susanne Wengle on a research project on post-Soviet rural recoveries. Mansourova locates and researches Russian language documents for various case studies for a journal article on grain production in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Additionally, Mansourova is looking to write a senior thesis on the cause and effect of mental illness stigma in Russia, how policy affects the stigma, and under what conditions it can change.
Throughout her summers, Mansourova has explored her interest in financial services. She has been involved with Girls Who Invest interning at Public Pension Capital her sophomore summer through the program. Mansourova has interned in Equity Research at Baird as well. On campus, Mansourova is involved with the Student International Business Council, participating and leading semester long case projects in the Finance and Consulting Divisions. Mansourova has also worked at John Pinter Consulting through the Political Science department contributing to a refugee resettlement project in South Bend. Lastly, Mansourova is the former President of the Russian Club.
I am interested in researching the effect of the Soviet system on post-Soviet countries today. There is a range of how the post-Soviet countries rebuilt and I am interested in exploring how and why certain institutions have been upheld or not as well as the effects on the population of this dynamic.
This semester I will be working on a background research project on post-Soviet rural recoveries. For example, I will be working on case studies for a journal article on grain production in Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan. This research entails locating and researching Russian language documents as well as building and maintaining Zotero database of sources for the project.