Anthony’s love for Eastern Europe developed at an early age. He recalls, among other things, listening to his grandfather tell stories about the experiences of different members of his family emigrating from Poland. His interest was further cultivated as an undergraduate at Brigham Young University where he studied Russian, Bulgarian, Old Church Slavic, and the history of Eastern Europe. Anthony’s academic and professional interests were also shaped by a two-year LDS mission to Bulgaria (1999-2001) and a summer in Kiev, Ukraine working with a professor on issues of religious freedom.
After graduating from BYU in August of 2003, Anthony accepted an offer of admissions to the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. After the completion of his first year of law school, Anthony was admitted into the University of Washington’s MA program in Russian and Eastern European Area Studies. The degree combination proved to be a truly rewarding experience for Anthony, as he was able to read the law and study Eastern Europe at the same time.
Currently, Anthony is two quarters shy of completing his academic work at the University of Washington, which he will finish following his experience as a Fulbright Fellow in Russia. While in Russia, Anthony will study at Moscow State University’s Faculty of Law. In addition, thanks to an externship with a Federal District Court Judge and a fantastic Criminal Law professor, Anthony developed an interest in America’s jury system and plans to compare and contrast the U.S. jury system with the newly emerging Russian jury system.
While a Fulbright scholar, Anthony also hopes to develop a better understanding of the Russian people, language, and culture. Anthony’s deep love for these things will surely help him to put Russia into perspective in an increasingly complex world.