Eden is a first-year REEES MA student originally from Northern California. She earned her B.A. from the University of Toronto (Canada), and majored in European Affairs and Slavic Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Russian. She has been studying Russian since high school, and began study of Ukrainian at UofT in 2021, which she is continuing at Illinois. Her academic interests lie primarily in Russian-language media, particularly literature, and the relationship between post-Soviet states (especially Ukraine), Russia, and the West. Outside of academia, Eden enjoys traveling, hiking, cycling, reading, and learning new languages.