Christopher Farris Bush comes from Portland, Oregon. He recently graduated as valedictorian from Brigham Young University with an honors bachelor’s degree in history. After completing his freshman year of college, Christopher spent two year in Russia as a missionary, proselytizing and arranging humanitarian aid for non-profit organizations. Upon returning, he studied Soviet history focusing on peasant issues. He was actively involved in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, as its president and presented a paper at the regional conference on the social and economic causations of the Great Terror. With the Fulbright Scholarship, Christopher will return to Russia to conduct an oral history project on collective farms after World War II in the Iaroslavl region. He plans to study at the Iaroslavl State Pedagogical University under the direction of Professor G. N. Kocheshkov. In addition to his academic work, Christopher enjoys reading, photography, drawing, rock climbing, skiing, and training for marathons.
The website for BYU is www.byu.edu and for Iaroslavl State Pedagogical University is www.history.yar.ru