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Q: Where did you study as an undergraduate? What was your major(s)?

I earned my B.A. From Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  I double majored in History and International Affairs.

Q: What do you like about UNC’s graduate program in Russian and East European Studies?
I like the interdisciplinary aspect of the program because it opens many opportunities to learn about different aspects of Russian life and culture while also learning about history.

Q: Why did you choose to specialize in this region of the globe?

After reading some Russian literature in high school I fell in love with the culture and history of Russia. After learning more about the region in college classes I knew that studying Russian history is what I want to do with my life.

Q: Do you have work and/or study experience in the region?

I studied abroad in Moscow during the spring semester of my junior year.

Q: What are your research interests?

I am fascinated by the politics and lived experiences of Stalinist Russia and how Russia was impacted by World War II.  Additionally, I am particularly interested in the cultural memory and historic representation of World War II in modern Russia.

Q: What would you like to do after you graduate?

After I graduate, I am hoping to spend some more time in Russia learning the language and culture before going on to a PhD program in Russian History.

Q: What are your hobbies? What do you like doing in your free time?

In my free time I enjoy reading and drawing.  I also love spending time outside with my dog Troy.

Q: What is your favorite visual reminder of the region and why? (this can be a photograph you took, painting, poster, still from a movie, or any other visual piece that you would like to share; please email separately)

This is a picture of my friend and me in Suzdal, Russia.  It was a sunny day and I remember loving the beautiful architecture of the small village.