M.A. Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies '17
B.A. International Relations '16
"I remember one day in our film class watching Solaris (Tarkovsky, 1972) and being struck with the humanity of our field of study. It’s easy to forget when focusing on history and politics that there is a deep undercurrent of culture and art that defines the Eastern European experience as well. Despite ideological obstacles to artistic experimentation and freedom, resilience and creativity won out. This is just as true for the Ukrainian authors of the 19th century and the protestors of today. From that point forward I tried to make it a point to always consider the human factor, rather than allowing myself to focus solely on political trends and rule from the top, and I take this with me as I start my career."