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

I studied at Ulyanovsk State University for three years, where I majored in linguistics, before transferring to UNC Greensboro, where I majored in International and Global Studies with concentration in Russian Studies.

Q: What do you like about UNC’s graduate program in Russian and East European Studies?

I like its interdisciplinary nature and the ability to learn from my peers.

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

I was born and raised in Russia, and I believe that knowledge of the region and native language proficiency can help me to effectively study the region. I am also fascinated to study the role the region plays in the world.

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

I lived in Ulyanovsk, Russia for the first twenty years of my life.

Q: What are your research interests?

I am interested in studying comparative literature of Russia and France. I am especially interested in studying how women were portrayed in the literature depicting War World II period.

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

I want get a doctorate and continue working with students.

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

Reading! I am an avid reader and never leave the house without a book.

Q: What is your favorite visual reminder of the region and why? 

Here is a still from a movie Kidnapping, Caucasian Style. It reminds me of the fact that Russia is a multinational country with many different cultures, cuisines, languages, and climates. The movie is great, too!