Natasha Gaither is a junior in Jonathan Edwards college studying History and Russian. As a result of her family’s background, she is particularly interested in the relationship between the state and the citizen in former Soviet nations. At Yale, Natasha has worked as a research assistant at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs; during the summer of 2020, she worked with professors at the Columbia University School of Social Work designing micro-finance interventions for public health crises in Kazakhstan. She hopes her studies in Grand Strategy will provide her with insights about how legal and economic structures in Eastern Europe can inform policy change in the United States. In her free time, Natasha is most often reading, hiking, trying new recipes, or bothering her family with her film camera.