Alumni Updates: Russian

  • Abdullayeva, Sabina (Class of 2011) Sabina is a grad student in Russian Studies at NYU (update: 2013).                  
  • Alpert, Erin (Class of 2007) Erin Alpert has just received a prestigious Lillian B. Lawler Fellowship for advanced Ph.D. research. Her new articles have just been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals Studies in Documentary Film and Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.  Her research interests include documentary cinema, GULAG studies and Holocaust studies. (update: 2013).
  • Argodale, Sarah (Class of 2010) Sarah Argodale ('10) is a graduate student. (update: 2013)
  • Bernotas, Monika (Class of 2012) Monika is the recipient of 2012 Fulbright ETA to Belarus. Also Monika's article on Pushkinskaia 10 Art Community in St. Petersburg was published in the online journal artinrussia.org, http://artinrussia.org/the-legacy-of-unofficial-art-in-st-petersburg-the-case-of-pushkinkaya-10-art-center/ (update: 2012)
  • Burke, Maggie (Class of 2012) Maggiewill be working this summer as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/coll/268.html (update: 2012).
  • Carlson, Kurt (Class of 2010) Kurt Carlson ( '10) serves in the US Army. (update: 2013)
  • Crossman, Linda (Class of 2008) Linda Crossman ('08) works for the Defense Security Service (update: 2013).
  • Dause Romanovich, Karen (Class of 2002) Karen (Dause) Romanovich ('02) "I think the last time I saw you was perhaps after my first year in Kazakhstan? I spent a total of three years in Kazakhstan, the first in Karaganda and the last two in Kokshetau. Then I moved to Wheaton, Illinois for grad school in Biblical Exegesis (where I was pleasantly surprised that Russian grammar gave me a head start on Greek grammar).  Even more surprising was the number of Russian speakers I became connected with in the area.  I found out about a small Russian congregation at a local American church, and began attending there as a way to ease back into life in the US.  A year later (2005), a number of Meskhetian Turkish refugees moved into our area from Russia.  I became good friends (and a ready resource) for them, and continue to spend lots of time with them. A little over a year ago, I married Vadim Romanovich, the son of one of the Russian-speaking couples in the Russian fellowship I had been attending. He is originally from Latvia and I have enjoyed being a part of his family and culture.  So, I do keep up with my Russian, though still with many mistakes." (update: 2008)
  • Gavin, MK (Class of 2012) MK currently is a graduate student.  In 2012 MK worked as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/coll/268.html (update: 2013).
  • Geist, Edward (Class of 2006) Ed Geist defended his dissertation "Two Worlds of Civil Defense: State, Society, and Nuclear Survival in the USA and USSR, 1945-91" at UNC Chapel Hill. Ed also received a postdoc for the next academic year -- he will be a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND Corporation in Washington, where he will be conducting research related to nuclear power plant safety. (update 2013)
  • Giannino, Pete (Class of 2010) Pete Giannino ('10) received Fulbright Scholarship and will be spending the next year in Germany. (update: 2010)
  • Gordon, Max (Class of 2008) Max is pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Slavic Studies at Northwestern University (update: 2012).
  • Holt, Don (Class of 1995) Don Holt ('95) is currently the Vice President of Institutional Sales for TD Ameritrade (update: 2010)
  • Hutchison, Sarah (Class of 2000) Sarah Hutchison ('00) currently works for the Department of State.  She got back from Turkmenistan in September 2008 and will be working at the embassy in Bulgaria from summer 2008 until summer 2010.  Sarah used to work at one of the institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. (update: 2008)
  • Jordan, Richard (Class of 2010) Richard Jordan ('10) is a Ph.D. student at Princetion University. (update: 2010)
  • Kristine Mosuela Wins Fulbright Kristine Mosuela has been selected  for a Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-2014 to Mongolia.
  • Lacy, Seth (Class of 2010) Seth Lacy ('10) works for the State Department. (update: 2010)
  • Lassin, Jacob ( class of 2013) Jacob Lassin ('13) Jacob is currently studying Russian in Ufa, Russia.  He is also interning at a local tv station, and has worked translating at a summer biathlon championship.  In fall 2013 Jacob starts graduate program at Yale University (update: 2013).
  • Mahony, Pamela (Class of 1995) Pamela Mahony ('95) teaches HS social studies and special ed. (update: 2010)
  • McGrath, Alex (class of 2013)

    Alex is heading to Novosibirsk, Russia in September as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant! From September 2013  to June 2014 he will be teaching at Novosibirsk State Pedagogical Institute (update: 2013)

  • Michael (Denny) Wysong (Class of 2007) Michael works for financial industry in the Richmond area (update: 2013).
  • Mikeska, Rachel (Class of 1999) Rachel Mikeska ('99) recently finished a Master's degree in Historical Preservation at the University of Texas, Austin, and is now on an Alpha Bank fellowship program in Moscow, where she will be working with local government organizations concerned with preserving historically significant architecture. For more information about this program, go to http://www.cdsintl.org/fromusa/alfa.htm. (update: 2008)
  • Mrkvicka, Kate (class of 2009) Kate Mrkvicka has just received her MA from Security Studies Program at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Her thesis was entitled "Martyrs or Statistics: Self-immolation and Regime Security' and it examined what societal or political factors make self-immolation incidents a greater threat to a regime's security, using Vietnam, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Lithuania and Tibet as case studies" (update: 2013).
  • Mutchnick, Rosa (Class of 2010) Rosa Mutchnick ('10) teaches English in Samoa (Teach for America) (update: 2010)
  • Nargi Gervasi, Larisa (Class of 2008) Larisa (Nargi) Gervasi ('08) works for Chesapeake Regional Healthcare Foundation (update: 2010)
  • O’Grady, Erin (Class of 2010) Erin O'Grady ('10) works for the government. (update: 2013)
  • Oakley, Caitlin (Class of 2012) Caitlin will be working this summer as a Junior Fellows Intern at the Library of Congress.  Her official assignment is to work in the Rare Book and Special Collections Division and within this department, specifically, the Yudin Collection.  The collection is comprised of more than 80,000 documents donated to the LIbrary of Congress in 1906 by a wealthy Siberian businessman, Gennadii Vasil'evich Yudin. Yudin Collection: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/coll/268.html (update: 2012)
  • Otterbein, Jen (Class of 1997) Jen Otterbein ('97) "After teaching Spanish for seven years in high school in New Jersey, I quit my job this summer to go back to school.  I am currently getting my Masters of Divinity at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.  One of the families that is in my program spent a summer teaching English at Gerzen University in St. Petersburg where I studied Russian in 1995!  They are the first people I have ever met that were at the same school in Russia!  So we enjoy talking about the school and St. Petersburg.  They are hoping to move to Russia permanently after graduation.  Who knows if I will find myself there again when I graduate..." (update: 2008) "Studying Russian at William & Mary was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and has truly benefitted me in everything I have done.  Thanks so much for all that you do!  Encourage your students to keep going!!" (update: 2006)
  • Powers, Jenne (Class of 1997) Jenne Powers ('97) teaches in Boston area. (update: 2009) Got her MA in Russian Lit from UNC, Chapel Hill.  She was recently awarded a Fulbright Grant to do dissertation research in Moscow in the Fall and Winter of 2005-06. (update: 2008)
  • Preston Horwitz, Melissa (Class of 1995) Melissa Preston Horwitz ('95) Foreign Service Officer for the US Dept. of State. Stationed in China (update: 2010).
  • Preville, Christina (Class of 2011) Christina studies at the University of Pittsburgh Law School (update: 2013)
  • Radshaw, Nicole (Class of 1997) Nicole Radshaw ('97) received her Masters degree in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Virginia. (update: 2008)
  • Reed, Suzanne (class of 2010) Suzanne Reed works for Yandex Money. (update: 2013)
  • Roberts, Michael (Class of 2010) Michael Roberts ('10) works for the government. (update: 2010)
  • Sample, Emily (Class of 2011) Emily is moving to London to attend Kingston University's Master's program in Human Rights and Genocide Studies (update: 2012).
  • Shier, Jacob (Class of 2005) Jacob Shier ('05) Received Fulbright and taught English in Ekaterinburg and Perm (Russia).  Received M.A. in translation from Columbia University.  "Right now I am in Daegu, South Korea on a one-yera teaching contract with Chungdahm Learning.  I've been doing lots of hiking and weekend traveling, and still read in Russian regularly, Anna Karenina being my current project." (update: 2010)
  • Shneider, Vadim (class of 2009) Vadim is a Ph.D. student at Yale University (update: 2014).
  • Sinnott, William (class of 2011) William Sinnott  accepted his offer to Georgetown's MA program in Russian and East European Studies. In 2011 Will received the Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award. (update: 2012).
  • Thorsen, Elise (Class of 2006) Elise Thorsen (’06) is currently working on her Ph.D. dissertation.  In 2013 she has been awarded a prestigious Cultural Studies Ph.D. Research Scholarship.  In her own words: "I did embarrassingly well, even, and I think I have support in my department for a dissertation that extrapolates to an abstract level about epos-building and aesthetics from interwar Soviet poetry.  Now, it's onward (and upward, excelsior!) to a dissertation." :)
    Elise is a Ph.D. student at the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh.  She completed Middlebury Summer School in 2006 and a graduate program at the Center for International Studies at Moscow State University in 2008.  In 2009 Elise received her M.A. degree.  Her research interests include Russian and Soviet Empire, Imaginative Geography, Stalinism, Citizenship and Recognition, Utopia, Soviet Film, Soviet Science Fiction, Yugoslav Literature and Culture (update: 2013)
  • Valerie Hopkins Valerie Hopkins is pursuing an MA in Journalism at Columbia University.  She posted her recent article on FB today (http://www.opendemocracy.net/valerie-hopkins/life-liberty-and-pursuit-of-homeschooling). She also received a summer fellowship to report with Reuters in Belgrade. (update: 2013)
  • Zeldovich, Mikhail (Class of 1997) Mikhail Zeldovich ('97) received a law degree from Harvard University and is currently practicing law for the US government in DC. (update: 2013)

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