Claudia Lahr is the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 Byrnes Fellow. She graduated with Honors in Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies and History from the University of Michigan in April 2017. She worked as a research assistant there for five years and received two FLAS awards for Russian language study. Following graduation, she completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship at Irkutsk State University in Irkutsk, Russia and taught at US Embassy sponsored youth camps in the republics of Yakutia and Buryatia. She is interested in historical anthropology and religion in Russia and Eurasia.