Starting this fall, I will be a Ph.D. student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan. I hope to research and write my dissertation on Russian and Soviet literature about Central Asia and Central Asian responses to that literature. I completed my Bachelor's at Michigan State in Russian and Political Science in 2010, and in June of this year I finished my M.A. in Russian Area Studies at Ohio State. Besides Russian, I speak Uzbek, Persian, and Tajik. This is my first year working at Middlebury, and I'm very much looking forward to the experience.