Melanie graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in May 2004 with a degree in International Studies and Eastern EuropeanRussian Studies. Her love for all things Russian started in her sophomore year of college when she enrolled in a course on Eastern European politics. From there she began to study the Russian language as well as Slavic history and culture in general. Her Fulbright year marks Melanie's first visit to Russia.
As part of her studies at Boston College, Melanie spent spring semester 2003 on a National Security Education Program Fellowship at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. It was there that she began to develop a keen interest in Eastern European labor politics. She hopes to return there after the Fulbright to complete a MA in Central and Eastern European studies.
During her Fulbright year, Melanie will study the impact of American financial assistance on the development of labor organizations in Novosibirsk, Russia. This research will build upon her senior honors thesis, entitled Globalization and Blue-Collar Workers in Poland and Russia. She will be living in Novosibirsk and taking courses at Novosibirsk State University.
Melanie hails originally from Stamford, Connecticut - a not-so-small town that would like to think that it is part of New York City. Though she grew to love her adopted city of Boston during her four years of college, she remains a committed Yankees fan. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, hiking and all kinds of music.