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After Graduation

Russian Studies majors and minors work in the field of government and law, business and finance, research and education, national security, medicine, and serve in the armed services.

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The rate of employment and graduate school admission is high among our graduates, who are also supported by a strong network of Russian Studies alumni.

Many students who return to Russia on Fulbright grants are also recipients of distinguished awards like the Truman Scholarship and the Boren Scholarship.

Information about postgraduate scholarships and graduate programs at appropriate academic and professional schools is readily available to students and alumni through the Office of Distinguished Fellowships and Graduate Studies. In addition to one-on-one advising with Russian Studies faculty, students can work with the Center for Career Development as they consider their post-graduate plans.

Alumni Spotlights

Sarah Baker ’19
JD Candidate, Emory University School of Law
Intern, United States Senate and the DC Courts
Russian Studies and Chinese Studies double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2016 and Fall 2017

Joanna Burdzel ’19
Doctoral candidate Slavic Languages & Literatures, Harvard University
Russian Studies and Studies in World Literatures double major, Philosophy minor
Study Abroad, Moscow 2017-2018 and Krakow 2018

Grant Bauer ’12
Assistant District Attorney, Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
JD, The George Washington School of Law
Russian Studies minor, Political Science major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2011

Thomas Behrakis ’17
Program Control Analyst at MITRE
Masters in Finance, Babson College
Russian Studies and Economics double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2014

Patrick Carlson ’19
U.S. Department of Defense
Master’s candidate, International Affairs and U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security, The American University
Russian Studies minor and History major
Study Abroad, Central Europe Maymester 2016

Jonathan Chirico ’17
Master’s candidate, Cornell University School of Public Health
Russian Studies minor and Anthropology major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2016

Daniel Clague ’18
Master’s candidate, Institute of World Politics, Washington, D.C.
Intelligence Analyst, Securitas Security Services
Russian Studies and Political Science double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2016

Andrea (Demelo) Laprade ’10
JD Candidate, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
Co-founder Cyber JMO
United States Air Force Sector Commander (ret.)
Russian Studies minor, Spanish major

Juliette Ferrigno ’13
Master’s candidate, Psychologist M.S. Ed., CUNY Brooklyn College
Russian Studies and Psychology double major

Rachel Gannon ’14
Master’s candidate, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Russian Studies major
Study Abroad, Moscow 2013-2014

Christopher Golden ’13
Program Analyst
National Nuclear Security Administration
M.A., International Relations and National Security Studies, The George Washington University
Russian Studies and Political Science double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2012

Nikolai Gorelov ’16
Associate, Corporate Audit Staff
Nielson Information Technology & Services
Russian Studies and Political Science double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Fall 2015

Alexandra Krasowski ’13
Campaign Associate
Worcester Art Museum
Russian Studies and Classics double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2011

James Lodge ’09
Chief of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations
Osan Air Base, South Korea
U.S. Air Force Major
M.A. U.S. National Security Policy, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service
Russian Studies major
Study Abroad,  Moscow Fall 2006

Ryan Lowry ’10
Director of Compliance
Polaris Partners
JD, Suffolk University Law School
Russian Studies and History double major

Evan McCarthy ’02
Senior Political Officer
U.S. Department of State
Russian Studies and History double major
Study Abroad, St. Petersburg 2000-2001

Sarah Mellea ’12
Speech Language Pathologist
FOX Rehabilitation
M.S. Speech-Language Pathology, Northeastern University
Russian Studies and Psychology double major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2011

Elizabeth Montgomery ’13
Senior Functional Analyst
Isobar Marketing & Advertising
Russian Studies major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2011

Kyle Olsen ’14
Program Analyst
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Russian Studies and Political Science double  major
Study Abroad, Moscow 2012-2013

Courtney Penna ’13
Associate Director of Admissions
Jacksonville University
M.S. Sports Management, Western Illinois University
Russian Studies and English double major

Nicholas Pope ’13
U.S. Marine Officer
Research Associate
Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA)
M.S. Security Policy, Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University
Russian Studies and International Studies double major
Study Abroad, St. Petersburg Fall 2011-2012

Stephen Raiola ’12
Litigation Associate
Covington & Burling LLP
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
Russian Studies minor, Political Science major

Jeffrey Reppucci ’14
MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business
MPP, Stanford School of Humanities and Science
Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholar
Co-Founder, Working for Worcester
Head of Strategy, Envoy Global
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2011
Russian Studies major
Valedictorian

Elena Weinstein ’17
Private Equity Analyst
The Blackstone Group
GE Power Financial Management Program
Russian Studies major

Andrew Zitnik ’14
Cryptologic linguist
U.S. Army
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Russian Studies major
Study Abroad, Moscow Maymester 2012

Awards and Fellowships

Fulbright Scholars

Meagan (Gorman) Ferriter ’05 - Russia
Evan McCarthy ’02 - Estonia
Kevin Riley ’01 - Ukraine

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships

James Brennan ’09 - Kazakhstan
Patricia Corey ’18 - Latvia
Drew Cumming ’13 - Russia
Rachel Gannon ’14 - Russia
Jennifer Hughes ’05 - Russia
Michael Morigi ’19 - Bulgaria (declined)
Kyle Olsen ’14 - Kyrgyzstan
Jeffrey Reppucci ’14 - Argentina
Jacob Wronski ’18 - Russia

Boren Scholarship for Critical Language Study

Kyle Olsen ’14 - Russia

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Jeffrey Reppucci ’14

Other Awards

Sarah Baker ’19, Weiss Summer Research Scholarship
Joanna Burdzel ’19, Tomoszkiewicz-Florio Scholarship, Krakow; Beinecke Scholarship finalist
Patricia Corey ’18, Weiss Summer Research Scholarship 2016 and 2018
Evan Farrell ’16, ProjectGO Scholarship, Batumi, Georgia
Rachel Gannon ’14, Blavatnik Scholarship, Georgetown University
Jeffrey Reppucci ’12, Davis Grant and Katherine Wasserman Davis Fellowship

Jesuit Volunteer Corps

Emily Brown Baker ’20
Chelsea Schwartzman ’17

Armed Services

Brigid Carey ’17, U.S. Navy
Andrea (Demelo) Laprade ’17, U.S. Air Force
Evan Farrell ’16, U.S. Navy
Nathalie Livingston ’13, U.S. Navy
James Lodge ’09, U.S. Air Force
Liam Parker ’16, U.S. Army
Nicholas Pope ’13, U.S. Marines
Andrew Zitnik ’14, U.S. Army