T. Jay Cinq-Mars, a 2005 gradate of Warwick Veterans Memorial High School and a member of the Class of 2010 from Northeastern University, has returned from 10 months in the Russian Federation.
From September until this June, he lived and worked in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. With funding from the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Graduate Student Program, he participated in a Program of Individual Research Training at Kazan Federal University’s Institute of History. His primary advisor was Dr. Rustem Tsiunchuk of the Institute’s Political History Sub-faculty. His secondary advisors were Rafael Shigabuntdinov, Natalia Kraeva, and Nikolai Spiridonov – all instructors at the Kazan Institute of Social Science and Humanities, where previously he had studied Russian under State Department auspices in summer 2010.
Jay’s theme was the structure, composition and principle activities of the local political police apparatus during the First Russian Revolution (1905-1907). He carried out his research in three depositories where relevant archival and printed materials were (and still are) preserved: the National Archives of the Republic of Tatarstan, the National Library of the same, and Kazan Federal University’s Main Library. His work culminated in a brief article, composed in Russian, where he presented a conference for young scholars at Perm State University in February 2012. This will hopefully serve as the foundation for future research associated with Jay’s PhD dissertation at Duke University in coming years.
Jay is the son of Susan Jay of Warwick, John Cinq-Mars of Cranston and the grandson of Dorothy Jay.