I graduated from Harvard University in March 2008 with a BA from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. I had begun studying the Russian language as a high-school freshman in New Jersey, and pursued my interest in Russia's language, literature, and culture throughout my university studies. During my time at Harvard, however, I began to branch out from these initial interests, and increasingly delved into both pre-revolutionary Russian history, and the politics of post-Soviet Russia.
Most recently, my research has examined the state of the rule of law in Russia as of 2007, focusing in part on Russia's roles as a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights, a member of the Council of Europe, and a party to the European Court of Human Rights. Analyzing the Russian government's interpretation and execution of its international legal obligations, as well as the Russian people's changing attitudes toward their domestic and international legal systems, has provided a unique lens through which to view Russia's development in the post-Soviet era.
During my time in Moscow in 2008-2009, the Fulbright Fellowship will give me the opportunity to study international law at MGIMO, the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. I am very excited both to begin coursework there, and to get to know the students and professors. One of my main academic goals during my Fulbright year is to develop a deeper understanding of international law from the Russian perspective. How does the Russian government—and no less importantly, Russian citizens, NGOs, lawyers, and legal scholars—understand itself within in the international legal order?
In order to explore this question more specifically, I hope to focus my research on the development of intellectual property rights law in Russia, both from the Russian-domestic and international legal perspectives.
Besides my academic interests, I am an avid cyclist, play the sax (mostly jazz), and am extremely interested in computer science. I'm also always up for a game of pool (or Russian billiards—my favorite), so shoot me an email if you're interested!