Languages

Sarah Jones

I am currently a graduate student in the masters of theological studies program at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Previously, I majored in Russian at Middlebury College in Vermont, where I will return this summer to undertake graduate-level coursework in the summer language programs.

Russia and religion are two of my abiding interests, and I am especially fascinated by their intersection in the Russian Orthodox tradition.
During my sophomore year in college, I dabbled in exploring Orthodoxy, both as a member of the school's Christian Orthodox Association, as well as through classes such as a winter term course on iconography. My junior year I spent studying abroad in Irkutsk, where I completed an internship in religious iconography with a local art museum. My senior thesis focused on the more political and theological issues surrounding Orthodoxy in the recent past, and it whetted my appetite for a greater understanding of how the two interact and influence Russian society today. I am also committed to interfaith dialogue. As a Fulbright grantee, I will be attending St. Andrews Biblical-Theological Institute in Moscow, and generally researching and exploring Orthodoxy as it is experienced today in the post-Soviet period.

I am indebted to Fulbright for this opportunity, but also to family, friends and colleagues for their encouragement. Last but certainly not least, I am indebted to the late Father Alexander Men for the inspiration to do this work.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru