Maggie Lindrooth is a current M.A. student in the European and Russian studies program at Yale. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, she earned her B.A. in Russian from Temple University in 2016 before joining the nonprofit sector as an AmeriCorps VISTA fellow at an anti-poverty organization in Chicago, IL.
She subsequently taught English short-term in Taiwan and Kyrgyzstan and earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Mongolia for the 2018-2019 academic year. As a Fulbrighter, Maggie taught English to students at a vocational training college, held public writing workshops and developed a community drama club, volunteered at a reproductive health NGO, and studied the Mongolian language. Since returning to the United States, she has worked in grant writing, development, and communications for several nonprofits in the Philadelphia area. From July 2020-July 2022, she worked as the Grants and Communications Manager for Lutheran Settlement House, an organization that serves the elderly, people experiencing homelessness, and survivors of domestic violence.
At Yale, Maggie is focusing on Mongolia and Central Asia. During her time in this program, she hopes to explore gendered experiences of socialism and post-socialism, Russia’s historical and continued influence on the region, and the construction of postcolonial narratives of statehood and national cultural identity. Building on her in-region work experience and language ability in Russian and Mongolian, Maggie intends to conduct both archival research and interview-based studies that approach these topics through a sociological and anthropological lens.