Successful Graduates

Russian Studies majors pursue a wide range of careers. Some go on to graduate school, ultimately to teach at the university or secondary school level, others go to law school or study library science. Several have found work with not-for-profit organizations.

Claire Russ '19 majored in global and international studies and Russian studies. She is now working as a receptionist at the Buffalo Child Advocacy Center 

 Erin Tupman ‘19 majored in Russian Studies with a minor in Comparative Literature. Her senior IS, which received Copeland funding, was entitled "The Memorialization and Legacy of the Soviet Playwright Aleksandr Vampilov in the Irkutsk Region." She also had an English senior IS which was called "Knights, Bogatyrs, and the Making of National Legends: Examining Cultural Ideals in the Storytelling of the Medieval British and Slavs." She is in Irkutsk (Siberia) until June 2020 on a Fulbright student research grant. Here, she is continuing research that she started for IS and writing a book about local authors and their influence on the development of an Irkutsk or Siberian literary identity. Afterwards she plans to start the Middlebury College masters program for Russian Language and then, in the fall of 2020, start a doctoral program in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. 

Marija Cyvas ’19 Double majored in sociology and Russian studies. Her Senior IS was titled “What it Means to be Lithuanian in America and What Russia’s got to do with it”. After graduating she traveled to Kazakhstan through a program for Lithuanian youth called "Misija Sibiras" (Mission Siberia) in which a group of young Lithuanians travel to Siberia (and elsewhere) to the GULAGs and camps to which Lithuanians were deported to under Stalin. She describes it as “an unreal, once in a lifetime experience and it allowed me the opportunity to experience this piece of eastern European history in a whole new way, and I was able to use my Russian! She is currently seeking employment in the field of education

Aidan Brown ’18 graduated from the College in May 2018 with a double major in Mathematics and Russian Studies. He completed my Independent Study on the Space Race, with a focus on the first space walk from both a cultural and a scientific perspective. Aidan recently got married and spent a year at the University of Dayton as a master's student in the Aerospace Engineering program to further engage with the more modern space culture. He currently is attending Minnesota State Southeast in Red Wing, Minnesota, as a student of the Violin Repair program. After graduation, he hopes to return to his Ohio roots and further develop his skills, both in the craft of violin repair and his more analytical passions.

Katarina Greenslade ’16 completed a major in Russian Studies with honors. In 2016-17 Katie is volunteering in Denver, CO with the DOOR program and the Presbyterian Mission. After that, Katie plans to pursue an MA in Social Work at Ohio State University.

Katherine Tuttle ’15 completed a minor in Psychology in addition to the major in Russian Studies and is now working towards being a nurse practitioner.

Sarah Carracher ’15, who graduated with a degree in English as well as Russian Studies, lives in Wooster and works as a copy editor for The Daily Record. She plans on going back to school to get her Master's of Library and Information Science degree and hopes to visit Russia again someday.

Rachel Myers ’14 was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English at a university in Russia. She worked as a teaching assistant at Udmurt State University in Izhevsk, Russia for the 2014-2015 academic year. When she returned to the U.S. she got a job at the American Bar Association working on legal education and reform projects in the Middle East and North Africa. She plans to go to law school and work with international organizations. She hopes to use her background in Russian language and culture in her legal career.

Zac Sessa ’14 went to Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, after which he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant.  During the summer of 2015, he completed The Basic School, a 6-month war fighting school in Quantico, VA where him and other Marine Lieutenants participated in numerous field exercises and weapon ranges in order to become provisional rifle platoon leaders. He is currently at Naval Flight School to become a Marine Corps pilot and has been in the service for a little over a year.

Kellen Safreed ’13 moved to Russia after graduation to teach English and translate in St. Petersburg for a year. After this, he did a six-month internship at a translation firm in Boston, followed by a move back to Russia to teach again for six months. Currently, he is pursuing a master's/PhD in Slavic languages and literature at Harvard.

Arielle Neu '12 recently received a Fulbright fellowship to teach in southeastern Siberia. Follow Arielle on her blog: Part of That World: an ETA in Ulan-Ude.

Jesse Menefee '04 (double major with English) was awarded a Fulbright Research Fellowship for a year's study of Russian literature in St. Petersburg before pursuing and completing a Ph.D. in that field at Princeton in 2011 entitled “Twisted Mirrors and Merged Polarities in Russia’s Decadent Imagination.”