Who we are


Andrea Peinhopf is the editor-in-chief of RETROGRAD and a PhD candidate in Politics & Sociology at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies. Originally from Austria, Andrea has worked and studied in various post-Soviet countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.


Katie McElvanney is an editor at RETROGRAD and a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London and the British Library researching women journalists during the Russian Revolution and Civil War. Alongside her passion for architecture, Katie is a big fan of early Soviet cinema and photography and collects old bilingual dictionaries and travel guides.


Johanna Pruessing is RETROGRAD’s social media editor and our regional correspondent in Poland, exploring everything from the Place of Culture to panel block courtyards. She is holding an international masters degree in politics and security from UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. Johanna is also a trained social and cultural anthropologist with field experience from Armenia and Azerbaijan.


Carolin Thol takes care of the technical side of things at RETROGRAD! She studied economics and economic history in Maastricht, Los Angeles and London, and is now working in policy consulting. From the industrial revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall, she is interested in the interaction between economics and political and social transformations.

Sam profile

Sam Hurn is editor and chief-Instagrammer at RETROGRAD. He’s a freelance writer with a History BA and Russian Studies MA. Fascinated with the interplay between art and design, literature and nations, he is usually found in a museum but travels the streets for unofficial histories in the form of street art.

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