Rinna Kullaa is a Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna.
She is the Principal Investigator of the five-year RUSMED-project sponsored by the Academy of Finland (2015-2020), and is on leave from Global History at the University of Tampere until 2019. She is a historian of contemporary international relations and an expert for Southeastern Europe. Kullaa currently works on Russian/Soviet influence in the Mediterranean and on the political issues related to the construction of European Union’s foreign policy. Her project focuses on Russian and European relations with Mediterranean countries which became independent after WWII: Algeria, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia.
She completed her postgraduate studies at St. Antony’s College, the University of Oxford and a doctorate University of Maryland. She has previously worked also at Sciences Po, Paris and at Columbia University in the city of New York.
You can hear an interview of one of her Conversation articles at the Austrian national public radio ORF here: http://fm4.orf.at/player/20170328/RC