I graduated from Reed College in May with a B.A. in Political Science and Russian. Originally, I come from the South Side of Chicago. My interest in Russia started when I was a teenager and picked up a Dover Thrift edition of Chekhov short stories in a Hyde Park bookstore. I began studying Russian in 10th grade at the Illinois Math and Science Academy under the strict guidance of Yulia Aleksandrovna Husen. After graduating from high school, I spent a year living with a family in Germany on a Congress-Bundestag scholarship. I liked it so much that I returned to Berlin for my sophomore year of college. I encountered many ex-patriate Russians there and I'm still stuck on Chekhov, so thanks to Fulbright I'm pursuing a master's degree in Russian Studies at European University at St. Petersburg. My interests are in contemporary Russian politics, including the issues of youth movements, free media, political parties and relationship of government policy to industrial and economic developments.
In my spare time I like to read spy novels, watch foreign movies and go to night clubs.