Welcome to the Russian Alumni Page! This page celebrates the achievements of our majors after graduation. Thank you, students, who are now free to face the tempestuous and exciting sea of life.

Congratulations especially to our majors of 2015! Thank you all for your letters. If you are a graduate of Emory's Russian or REES programs, please share your accomplishments with us. Contact Laura Hunt ( with your stories.



2015 Graduates

Johnathan Alexander Edwards

Double major in Computer Science and REES, Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society member, Student Slavic Club President, REES Honors student

David Koser

Double major in Biology and Russian

Kolia N. Kroeger

Double major in History and Russian, Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society member, Student Slavic Club Vice President.

Communications Associate, Southerners on New Ground (SONG)

Favorite Memory: Oleg Proskurin's theatric performance at every event and in every class

"I really appreciated Professor Proskurina's patience and committment in helping students to learn the Russian Language. Working with her in a 1-on-1 reading class really allowed me to hone my understanding of the language."

Julia Marian Maiorana

Double major in Comparative Literature and Russian, Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society member, ECLC Excellence in Language Studies Award (2015)

Elliot Harrison Markus

Double major in Economics and REES

Real Estate CMBS Analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald/Cantor Commercial Real Estate

Favorite Memory: Senior year I had the opportunity to take Professor Apkarian's RUS 271 Imperial Russian Literature Class and learned about the Westernizer vs Slavophile Debate of the 19th century. I wrote my term paper about the debate and how writers conveyed their opinions often through characters in their literature. Sparked by the content of that class, especially with regards to Dostoevsky, I took Professor Glazov-Corrigan's RUS 360 Dostoevsky class. Here I had the opportunity to further learn and expand my thoughts on the Pochvenniki and Slavophile movement through the intensive study of Dostoevsky's work. Having the opportunity to deeply connect and study a period of Russian History was an amazing experience, especially under the teachings of two amazing Professors that I credit with helping me discover my interest and passion for Russian History.

Julia Anne Marshall

Double major in Psychology and Russian, Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society member

Zachary Taylor Schuyler

Double major in Linguistics and REES, Dobro Slovo National Slavic Honor Society member

Student in the Masters of Arts Program in Social Sciences at the University of Chicago

Favorite Memory: Getting to meet and listen to lectures from Timothy Snyder

Songhyun Park

Double major in International Studies and Russian


Amy Bedford, Class of 2012
Vice President of Global Trade and Finance, Deutsche Bank London

Amy Bedford

Dr. Glazov-Corrigan was an incredible mentor to myself and many others at REALC. My thesis work, under Dr. Apkarian, was also hugely important in preparing me for higher levels of academic study. Dr. Payne was another key figure in my REALC experience.

Favorite Memory: Russian 101 with Dr. Lunk - hands down. A wonderful woman.

Amrit Dhir, Class of 2006
Business Development, Google

Amrit Dhir

As a student of Russian, I didn't just memorize vocabulary and practice pronunciation (although I definitely did those too!). As a student of Russian, I began to uncover a different way of perceiving and approaching the world, to see it as others see it and have seen it, and I developed a thirst for interaction with a diversity of minds and experiences in a way that can only lead one to become truly inquiry-driven and ethically engaged. I have lived my life differently since then. Were it not for Emory's Russian program and the St. Petersburg summer abroad, I would probably never have studied German literature and classical music in Vienna, and worked for two summers as the assistant director for Emory's longest-running abroad program in Vienna, developing bonds that will never break. I also would likely not have pursued a masters in the Netherlands and integrated so naturally and absorbed so meaningfully the influences of my fellow international students. Later, as I lived and worked in education in India, I recall applying some of what I picked up about Russian politics and history as I considered the very different experiences of the youth I lived among in the servant quarters of New Delhi, and I began to more fully understand that my experiences and exposure through Emory's Russian Department, helped me to communicate not just through language, but through shared understanding. People I met through Russian make up a disproportionate percentage of the lasting friendships I have from Emory.

Favorite Memory: Reciting t.A.T.u.'s Я сошла с ума for extra credit in third-year Russian language/literature. I still remember the words!

Irina M. Erman, Class of 2004
Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Davidson College

Irina Erman

Like many others, I entered Emory as a science major, intending to pursue the pre-med program. The choice was partly due to first generation immigrant practicality and partly to the specific aspirations of my scientist parents. But, either way, my heart was never entirely in it, and so I started looking for fun classes to break the monotony of large lecture halls and multiple choice tests. Thus, I discovered Emory’s fantastic literature course offerings and found myself filling every possible blank in my schedule with lit classes. But it was Russian literature that finally helped me verbalize what I was as of then afraid to admit to myself. As he juggled their jealous demands, Anton Chekhov famously said that he felt that medicine was his wife and literature – his mistress. After a couple of 5 and 6-course semesters, I understood quite clearly that I do not have Chekhov’s energy, and I decided not to not to two-time my passions. After all, it turned out that it’s not as common as I thought to be so in love with books that one considers literature courses taken in excess of a pre-med curriculum to be “fun.” In the end, I graduated Emory with a double major in Russian Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature.

The Russian Department at Emory gave me both the initial inspiration and continued support to pursue my degree. I owe my biggest debt of gratitude to my mentor and honors thesis adviser, Elena Glazov-Corrigan, whose impact on countless other students cannot be overestimated. Elena and I still joke about my first experience in her class: I was so struck by her benevolent charm and teaching style that before I even realized what I was doing, after the class I followed her all the way to her office on the edge of campus and took up what was probably an unconscionable amount of her busy afternoon talking about my interest in Russian literature. A decade and a PhD dissertation later, as I embark on my own career of teaching, I am so happy to be able to thank the Russian Department for making my college experience precisely what it was supposed to be: a time of surprising discovery and a chance to find my path in life, even if – insofar as she is one of my primary models for teaching and mentorship – my path happens to be following in Elena’s footsteps.

Will Evans, Class of 2005
Founder of Deep Vellum Publishing

Deep Vellum is a nonprofit publishing house specializing in world literature in translation. The first four books was released in fall 2014, including Mikhail Shishkin, one of Russia’s greatest living writers.

Will Evans

Emory’s Russian program made me the man I am today. The professors nurtured my interest in Russian history into a long-lasting and deep love for Russian culture, especially the literature. My experience at Emory led me to pursue graduate school, and even though I turned down my acceptance to a PhD program in Russian Literature immediately after graduating so that I could go on tour with my best friends’ band, I never lost the love of Russian culture I gained at Emory, and I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in something related to Russia, so after five years of working in the music business, I went back to graduate school and received a Master’s degree in Russian Culture at Duke University.

My best friends at Emory were all in the Russian program with me, and they have remained my best friends to this day, they are the friends who attended my wedding, friends who are on the board of directors of Deep Vellum Publishing, and friends whose weddings I fly across the world to attend. We were a small group but very tight-knit, and we bonded deeply in and out of class. And I met my wife on the St. Petersburg study abroad program in 2003 (though we didn’t start dating until after we both left Emory)! If it hadn’t been for that study abroad program, who knows what would have happened in my life!

Favorite Memory: Veniamin Smekhov came to Emory and directed a theatrical version of Master and Margarita. I played two roles in the play: the poet Ivan Bezdomny and the disciple Matthew Levi. It was a unique experience that I will never forget, and it deepened my understanding not only of the novel Master and Margarita, but for how art can change your life, and what it means to live a life in letters; the play was one of the most impactful experiences of my entire life, I am so lucky to have been able to be a part of it while a student.


Slavik Gabinsky, Class of 2006
Head Legal Counsel at Sberbank (Russia's largest bank)


The Emory Russian program helped me reconnect with my Russian identity, just as it was slipping away in my adolescence (I had come to the US from Russia as a 9-year old).

The relationships I formed with the people I had met through the Russian program at Emory University were some of the longest-lasting from my college years. I still keep in regular touch with many of those involved with the "Master and Margarita" production, as well as "Sunset."

Favorite Memory: The performance of the plays themselves, the culmination of many months of creative cooperation.

Jonathan Gearing, Class of 2005
I'm currently in Afghanistan. My photo is at the grand opening of a girl's school in a town near Kabul. The school will allow around 2,000 girls to get an education!


I have a wife and 3 kids and we live in Lilburn, GA.  I met my wife in Kazakhstan when we were both volunteering over there for a Christian organization that sends folks overseas to teach business and English (she was in Temirtau and I was in Karaganda, a short bus ride apart).  I am currently serving in the GA Air National Guard, and I am waiting for the FBI to start hiring again.

Emory's Russian program pretty much set my life on its current trajectory.  As a result of the St. Petersburg summer abroad (my favorite memory of my time at Emory), I got the opportunity to spend some time teaching English in Moscow following the program.  After graduation I signed up to teach English in the CIS, and I was assigned to Tashkent, Uzbekistan for a year.  In spring 2005, they had a bit of a failed uprising, and due to tensions between Uzbek and American officials I had my visa revoked and wound up in Karaganda, Kazakhstan the following year (where I met my wife).  I pursued a career with the FBI due to my desire to use my experience in Russia and Central Asia, and hopefully by the end of this year I will be in a training class preparing to do just that.

Studying in St, Petersburg was easily the most memorable time not only of my experience in the REALC department, but also of my time at Emory as a whole.  The opportunity to live, study, and explore in a foreign country was thrilling to me, and it set my desire to live abroad and experience different cultures in the future.

I can't really say that I've had any lasting friendships. Perhaps due to the fact that I moved around so much (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kansas, Georgia, and deployments with the military) I've lost touch with just about everyone that I knew at Emory.  However, I do have fond memories of my time in the REALC department, and I'm grateful for the friendships that I have now as a result of life after college.

Ariana Jakub, Class of 2003
Art Teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma


I moved to Tulsa, OK three years ago this month in the name of love (met my current husband at my best friend's wedding in Oklahoma).  The wedding I attended I should mention was for a classmate of mine from Russian class at Emory .  I am currently teaching Art and Reading at a Middle School and Elementary School here in North Tulsa, an impoverished region of Tulsa.  As fate would have it, our school just enrolled a new student who is from St. Petersburg so I get to practice my Russian a little bit every day.

After I graduated Emory I moved to Moscow for a year where I taught English at a private school in the south of the city.  I moved to NY after that and soon became involved in the art world working for a private art gallery in Chelsea.  In addition to selling art, I worked with the owner on several business ventures she had going on in both Moscow and Moldova.  I translated phone conversations and correspondence and am sure I received the job over a more experienced art gallerist because of my Russian language skills.

Any class I took with Dr. Apkarian was very special.  I especially enjoyed her Russian Avant Garde class.  It blended together my interests in Russian and Art - which were my major and minor.  (At this time, Emory did not offer a Studio Art major.)  She gave her students a lot of freedom to approach projects she assigned in their own way.  She really inspired a sense of discovery in me that not many classes allowed.  I was able to make connections to my studies in art through her class.

I also remember a class I took with Dr. Lunk which I believe was co-taught with another professor of Chinese on Russian and Chinese folktales and fables.  This summer, I am teaching an art class on Illustrations in Fairy Tales from Around the World at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa and I will be using many of the stories we read together in our Emory class to illustrate.

David Kidd, Class of 2006
PhD Canidate in Social Psychology at The New School for Social Research, New York City


As a researcher, I am primarily interested in how our social and cultural environments impact our likelihood of attending to the thoughts and emotions of others. Most recently, I have been conducting experiments designed to assess how reading literary fiction influences our capacity to infer others' mental states and account for how others' behavior is constrained by situations.

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of studying in the Russian Department at Emory. My experiences as a student in courses in Russian literature and art provided the basis for my current research on the psychological effects of reading fiction. Especially critical was the semester I spent studying at Moscow Art Theater School (MXAT). At MXAT, my fellow Emory students and I were challenged to think creatively about the links between the arts and society, leading to my present interest in better understanding how engagement with the arts influence how we think and behave. On a personal level, the warm and rich intellectual environment at REALC encouraged me to pursue a life of the mind with confidence and hope. In particular, the generosity of spirit shown by faculty at REALC demonstrated that empathy is an intellectual asset that help us to understand and communicate complex and difficult ideas. In addition, the courses that I took in Russian literature and art acquainted me with thinkers who continue to inspire me and to whom I know I will continue to turn--I will never tire of re-reading Master and Margarita or Brothers Karamazov.

Some of my most treasured friendships began in courses I took in the Russian Department. Indeed, I met one of my current closest friends on the very first day of Russian 101! The intimacy and openness of the language and culture courses fostered conversations that would continue long after we left the classroom and relationships that lasted well beyond each semester.

It's an intimidating task to identify a memory that best represents my time studying Russian at Emory. Some of my favorite moments occurred in the midst of heated discussions about, say, representations of love in the work of Chekhov or evil in Dostoevsky's novels--but these are difficult to describe. Similarly, many of my most vivid impressions of Moscow are fleeting and ostensibly inconsequential: slipping on snow while rushing along Tverskaya to make it to class on time; listening to my friend Noam Elsner play on the piano used by Tchaikovsky in Chekhov's country home; buying groceries without completely embarrassing myself (it took a few weeks); successfully completing my first cartwheel.

But, if I must choose, I'll settle on our final acting demonstration at MXAT. After spending the semester practicing our roles from different Chekhov plays (I played Dr. Astrov from Uncle Vanya and Solyony from Three Sisters), we were finally prepared to run through our lines. Although we surely managed to demonstrate the worst acting ever seen at MXAT, I was impressed at how far we had all come over our three short months. It wasn't just that we could now speak Russian with more confidence or that we knew a bit more about Chekhov. We had learned to interpret characters not with theses and well-crafted paragraphs but with our full bodies and voices. Watching my friends act their parts with conviction drove the point home--we'd been learning to play in Russian.


Jill Martiniuk, Class of 2004
PhD candidate in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia


Prior to joining the PhD program, I received my MA in Slavic Languages & Literature at UVA in 2009. Before enrolling at UVA, I graduated from La Salle University, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2007 with a MA in Central & Eastern European Studies. I currently serve as a teaching assistant for UVA's Slavic and English departments while I finish my dissertation on the quest for redemption in Venedikt Erofeev's Moskva-Petushki. I served as faculty on the Summer 2009 voyage of Semester at Sea where I taught a Russian literature course, and I am set to sail again for Summer 2014.

I was one of the 2013 recipients of UVA's Graduate School of Arts and Science Graduate Research Fellowships, and conducted dissertation research in Florence, Italy and Moscow, Russia in 2013.

Being a Russian major at Emory has had a long lasting effect on me. Emory's Russian department is where I discovered my love of Russian literature, and where I knew that I wanted to make studying and teaching Russian my career. Beyond that, my study abroad experience with Emory in Russia in 2003 was my first time leaving the U.S., and it was an eye opening experience and gave me a love of travel that has since taken me to 27 countries, including 4 additional trips to Russia.

The Russian program played an important role in my personal life as well as my academic life.  Since the class sizes were small, I was able to really get to know my classmates and establish friendships that are still going strong. I formed some of my closest friendships in Emory's Russian literature and language classrooms.

Favorite Memory: 20th century literature class with Elena Glazov-Corrigan.  Prior to this course, I was on the pre-med path, but it was sitting in that class and discussing some of my favorite books that I realized that that was exactly what I wanted to do with my life.

Anna Overman, Class of 2003
Geospatial Analyst for the US Government


I went to graduate school for Slavic and East European studies; without that second major and studying abroad in St Petersburg I probably would not have gone that route.
some of my fondest Emory memories are studying abroad in St Petersburg.

Favorite Memory: Putting on the Master and Margarita in Spring of 2003!

Ariel Ross, PhD , Comparative Literature, Class of 2010
Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Oklahoma State University

English may be my day job, but my degree was in Comparative Literature, and at night, on weekends, or whenever I have time not already commandeered by grading, my own research usually focuses on Russian literature. Last year some translations I had done from Russian for my dissertation, a cycle of poems by Marina Tsvetaeva, were published in Two Lines, a journal of translations of world literature put out by the California Center for Translation. That was a big honor, for me.

I wouldn’t have been able to get through my graduate program at Emory without the Russian program. Graduate students may not be the Emory population considered to make use of language classes the most, but in the Comparative Literature department we had language requirements – we had to demonstrate competency in several languages. So without the ability to take Russian language classes through REALC, particularly upper level classes, it would have been profoundly harder for me to fulfill the requirements of my degree with the languages I needed to study for my dissertation topic. Beyond that, I really wanted to study Russian, to understand the poetry, to understand the culture it was coming from, and that meant studying with someone who knew all of that, and going to Russia. Enter Elena Glazov-Corrigan. Who was willing to do independent studies with me at nearly a moment’s notice. Who let me tag along to St. Petersburg for the summer with not much more notice. Who ended up co-directing my dissertation. Who made all of us in her upper level poetry class memorize Russian poems – which I still remember; I find myself reciting bits of Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem in difficult moments of life, and they sustain me. Dr. Glazov-Corrigan inspires students in ways that I have not seen before or since; she changed the way I think, the way I write, and certainly the way I teach.

Spending a summer in St. Petersburg, during the heat and the White Nights, is a crazy but beautiful way to make friends. We sat up late in our “dormitory” eating and drinking various things that I still miss, because you just can’t get them here. We exchanged the books we’d brought, and all read Andrey Platonov’s Happy Moscow, Venedikt Erofeev’s Moscow to the End of the Line, Heinrich Böll’s The Clown (not Russian, but absolutely amazing). We tried to master the art of expressionless staring in the subway. We went to plays, operas, ballets, concerts, museums – absorbed so much culture we were overflowing with it. The more I think, the more I remember; it was an irreplaceable summer. I can’t say that I’ve kept in touch with every person on that trip, but I made one of my dearest friends.

Favorite Memory: As part of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, the St. Peterbug Opera Company put on a production of Wagner’s Ring Cycle – the whole thing. It was four nights (spread out over several weeks) of German opera, conducted by the incredible Valery Gergiev, in the Mariinsky Theatre. Elena bought tickets for whoever wanted to go. I think only four of us made it to the end – the last installment, the Götterdämmerung, lasted over five hours. I’ve never seen anything like it, and probably never will again. When the Ring Cycle was put on in New York City a few years ago, tickets for all four nights probably ran to thousands of dollars. I don’t even know exactly what we paid for our tickets, but not that much! I will never forget that – the operas themselves, or the three friends with whom I shared the experience.

Jacob Silverman, Class of 2006
Writer and Journalist, New York

My first book, "Terms of Service: Social Media, Surveillance, and the Price of Constant Connection," was published in February by HarperCollins.

Foreign-language study was essential to my intellectual development and to helping me develop a sense of curiosity towards the world. Emory's Russian program offered a wonderful environment of brilliant professors and fellow students. It was consistently challenging, interesting, and fun. I'm still drawing on the program's lessons, including its reading list; no national literature is more inexhaustible than Russia's.

As Russian students, we knew that we were doing something a bit different, perhaps not as exotic as studying Tibetan language, but something a little off the beaten path. This shared feeling, I think, helped bond the students to one another. Our path of study wasn't typical, which only made us appreciate it, and the effort put in by fellow students, even more. From cultural events to a deeply formative summer spent studying in St. Petersburg, Emory's Russian program was an immensely important part of my college experience and the relationships I developed. I remain friends with some alumni from the programs, particularly Will Evans, who started a publisher of international literature for which I'm on the board. And if I were to encounter any other REALC alumni, I would know that we share a particular bond, one forged by careful study in a program that enthralled us precisely because it seemed unnecessary. That is, few people choose to study Russian because it's practical (although geopolitics sometimes say otherwise); we do it because we love the language, the culture, our colleagues, and our teachers. That sensibility informed much of what we did at REALC and the friendships we made.

Favorite Moment: I'm unable to pick out a single moment and perhaps the intervening years haven't been kind to my memory. But the study abroad program was extraordinary. And what remains in my mind is the simple fact that I laughed more in REALC classes than in any others. Maybe it's because the classes were inherently conversational, or maybe it's because of the kind of environment I described previously. But no other academic experience of mine managed to be both fun and joyous, or even as intellectually rewarding as my Russian classes.


Breana Tutuska, Class of 2008
Financial Services at Gerson Lehrman Group, New York City


I met wonderful people studying Russian at Emory, some of who are still great friends of mine today. I would not be the person that I am today without the experiences I had studying Russian and spending several months living in St. Petersburg. I created memories there that I will never, ever forget.

The Russian program at Emory is a small, tight-knit community. I met one of my best friends, Kristy, freshman year in the Russian program. We studied abroad together, and traveled the world together, and she was at my wedding last June. I am very grateful to have met the wonderful characters I met during my time at REALC.

We had a lot of fun in Russian class, and certainly laughed a lot. It has been a long time, so I can't really think of a specific memorable moment in class, but I do remember being in St. Petersburg and singing along to the guards playing on the guitar, or running around the city during the graduation festival and watching the fireworks. Some of my favorite memories come from exploring Russia with my friends and classmates and just enjoying life in a different culture, in a world that is very different from what we're used to in the U.S.

Laura Whigham-Trouvé, Class of 2006
Translator in Paris, France
(Russian to English and French to English)


Learning Russian shaped my career path and my overall approach to language, and certain courses on Russian literature and culture had a lasting impact on my worldview. With Russia in the news so often in recent years, I have appreciated being able to read Russian sources as a counterpoint to what most people around me in the West accept as unbiased journalistic truth. Obviously both sides have their prejudices and language is never neutral.

The people interested in learning Russian -- let alone majoring in it -- are a unique bunch. At least in my experience, they tended to be intellectually engaged, open minded, funny and very eccentric. Between these colorful personalities and the small class sizes, it was definitely easy to make friends.

It's hard to pinpoint a single moment, but I remember that during the summer program in St. Petersburg, we started out in a class of five people who had all been taking Russian together since 101. Even though the class was already tiny, when it became apparent that we were all at different skill levels, the head of the program opted to split the class into two groups. So I ended up spending the entire summer as one of two students under Olga Glazunova, probably the best language teacher I've ever known. I learned so much!

Johanna Wickstrom, Class of 2008
Online Marketing and Professional Dance in Los Angeles


While I've lost a good bit of my Russian language skills, I try to refresh myself time and again, and find that the lessons I learned during my time in Russia continue to be relevant in my life in LA.
My time in the department, especially the 8 weeks spent in St. Petersburg and Moscow during the summer of 2006 were completely formative for me. Experiencing an altogether foreign environment, where I spoke very little of the local language for such a significant amount of time, forced me to take risks and trust other people in a way I had never had to in the past. My fellow students became my closest friends and support network, Elena Glazov-Corrigan became a mother figure and mentor, and the Russian people taught me a true passion for life and a confidence that I had lacked before my time there. I came home appreciating the chaos inherent in life, and seeing the illusion of control that we in America carry with us for what it is.

The first familiar face I saw when I arrived in Russia, which is a whole story unto itself, was that of Morris Chan. I still remember the relief I felt when he came out of the building shouting to the others that I had finally arrived safely, waving his hands in excitement. We are still close friends although we don't talk as often as we once did.

Favorite Memory: I loved the poetry class we took with Elena. We each memorized a poem and presented it at an evening poetry reading for the class and friends. I still remember much of my poem titled "Noch ulitza fonar apteka" by Aleksander Blok. Understanding the cultural importance of poetry in Russia helped me further understand their unique passion for the chaotic, beautiful and organic, versus the desire for order, logic and linear narrative largely seen in American culture.

Sterling Winchester, Class of 2007
Prosecutor in California
Graduate of Emory College and Emory Law


The Russian program was a special part of my time as an undergraduate at Emory, and probably one of the most enriching experiences of my life so far. It exposed me to a different culture, where I interacted with new ideas, perspectives, and of course, a new language. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me grow and discover things about myself -- two aspirations of both a liberal arts education, and the human condition.
I will also say that the skills I developed while studying Russian abroad are skills on which I continually draw today. Although I don't have occasion to speak Russian in my daily life, I have a job that involves dealing with lots of different people from different backgrounds. I oftentimes must connect with people quickly, and convince them to feel at ease with me. This involves a complex mixture of communicating, listening, and reading nonverbal cues. These are just some of the many skills I cultivated studying Russian abroad.

The program helped me develop lasting friendships at Emory in part because of the size of the Russian Department. It was small enough to allow students to get to know each other and to get to know the dedicated group of faculty who really care about students. I also forged deep bonds with the students who I met while studying abroad, and I still keep in touch with some of them (almost 10 years later).

Favorite Memory: It was in a far-flung corner of the Emory campus, in the old REALC building (on North Decatur and Clifton Roads), which meant going to Russian class called for a good walk. One semester, I had a long class that met late in the afternoons. I remember one day when I was especially tired and it was cold and raining outside, I entered the REALC building (which looked like a little house), and immediately smelled Prof. Masha Lunk preparing dinner in the kitchen down the hall. The rich aroma of borscht filled the air, and I instantly felt the warmth and hospitality that came to represent such a special place.

Jake Zenn, Class of 2005
International Affairs Consultant
Issues of Security and Freedom of Association


I learned acting through Smekhov's course on Master and Margarita and became inspired to learn Russian, which I did in Kaliningrad.
I was able to become very close to and inspired by everyone in the Russian department.

Favorite Moment: Becoming Behemoth! "Cats don't wear pants, messier!!!"