I am the finance manager for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. Just prior to starting this position in May of this year, I worked as the administrative and financial manager at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford University. There I had the opportunity to interact with pre- and postdoctoral fellows, researchers and faculty not only from Russia and former Soviet republics, but also working on current issues in international security, including Russia. One of the faculty, Michael McFaul, has now been nominated by President Obama to serve as US Ambassador to Russia. Another Senior Research scholar, Dean Wilkening, is deeply engaged in a project on US-Russian Cooperation on Missile Defense. My experiences at the University of Arizona definitely helped provide the background and ongoing interest in Russia.
The degree I earned at the Uof A is a Master of Arts in Russian Literature.
The department supported a very comprehensive curriculum not only in Russian Literature, but included courses in linguistics, grammar, pedagogy and culture. The faculty shared lots of additional knowledge about many other areas, including music, arts, history, and contemporary living and politics. These also added to my well-rounded base. Finally, through the department, I came into contact with community groups who supported exchanges with Soviet academics and other citizens, and was privileged to help support their visits to Tucson. It was also through the department, Alexander Dunkel in particular, that I came to work with the Critical Languages Program, which supported an exchange with teachers and students from Alma Ata.