Alumni Success Stories
The alumni featured on this page have let us know about how they are using their knowledge of Slavic languages and cultures in their current professional lives. If you have a new position that brings you into contact with the languages and cultures that you studied at KU, please let us know by using the "Update us" feature on this website. We will be happy to add you to this profile page.
BA Russian, 1989
Regional Director for Central Asia of the European Bank for Regional Development's Business Advisory Services Programme.
History Professor, Calvin College
BA Slavic Languages and Literatures 2002
Captain, United States Marine Corps, Amphibious Assault Officer; Currently (2007) on leave from service, working towards magisterij (master's degree) in Political Science, University of Sarajevo
Cultural Resource Specialist, Pacific Legacy Inc.
Working towards PhD in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales; Dissertation topic: Why are Marian icons used for protection?
BA Slavic Languages and Literature 1976; Associate Degree Slavic and Soviet Area Studies; Juris Doctor 1979 (KU)
Partner in the law firm Sherwood & Harper, Wichita
MA Slavic Languages and Literature 1987
Foreign-language librarian: Bibliographer for the former Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Central Asia in the Slavic and Eurasian Studies Department, KU Libraries
BA Slavic Languages and Literature 2004
Field Product Specialist, AMS Products, John Deere Ukraine Ltd
Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
Fascell Fellow/Public Affairs Assistant at the US Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
BA Slavic Languages and Literatures 2001
Has worked and traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, and in Eastern Europe in various capacities for American Councils
Officer in the Overseas Studies Program, Stanford University, helping with finance and personnel issues for 10 programs in 9 countries.
BA Slavic Languages and Literature, SEES, History 1970; MA SEES 1976; MA History 1979; PhD History 1980
University professor, government civil servant (federal, state, and local), businessman (commercial real estate development), public relations, professional writer (books, translations, articles)
MA Slavic Languages and Literatures 1999
Program assistant in the Slavic Department, KU Libraries
BA Slavic Languages and Literatures 1997; MA of Russian Area Studies in 1999, Georgetown University
Program Analyst, American International Health Alliance, Washington, DC
PhD Slavic Languages and Literature 1994
Instructor, advanced ESL for Russian and other emigrants at LA ORT