Alina is a PhD candidate in Russian and East European History at Stanford University. Her research interests include Arctic and Soviet environmental history with a focus on industry and extraction. Alina is writing her dissertation on the environmental and transnational history of extraction on Svalbard, Norway. She also works as a research associate and editor-in-chief at The Arctic Institute, an interdisciplinary think tank. Prior to her work in academia, she completed a Bachelor of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University and worked as a breaking news reporter at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper.