A native of Georgia, a beautiful country of Georgia located on the shores of the Black Sea, Milena is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Montana (UM) in Missoula, Montana. She holds a Master’s degree in History from UM and a combined B.A. and M.A. in Near East History and International Relations with minors in Turkish and Arabic from the Institute of Asia and Africa, Georgia. While at UM, Milena received a number of prestigious scholarships and awards, such as the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship, UM Bertha Morton Scholarship, Soroptimist International’s Ramona Roedl International Scholarship, a grant by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Global Supplementary Grant Program (Open Society Foundations), Armenian International Women’s Association (AIWA) Scholarship, Association of American University Women (AAUW) Missoula Branch Scholarship, Outstanding Service and Outreach Award, and Diversity Advisory Council Student Achievement Award, among others. She was also a 2010 McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellow in Canada.
In 2012, Milena participated in an international conference on Cultural Diplomacy and the United Nations (UN), which was held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) at UN Headquarters in New York City and Washington, DC. Since 2003, Milena has been working as a translator and interpreter. Milena is fluent in Russian, Georgian, and Armenian. Her research interests include ethno-religious identities, ethnic conflicts, cultural diplomacy, geopolitics, and human rights. Milena has musical and dance training and performed at the UM International Culture and Food Festivals in Missoula.