Olga Kuzmina is a program associate at the Center on Global Interests, a foreign policy think tank, and managing editor of Chtenia, a quarterly journal of Russian literature in English translation. Originally from Moscow, she moved to the United States when she was five years old. Olga received her B.A. in Political Science and European Studies with a minor in Slavic Language and Culture from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She has also studied abroad at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis (Jerome of Prague College) in Prague, Czech Republic.
Olga is currently based in Washington, DC. She has volunteered as a weekly reading tutor through Reading Partners and is the founding organizer of The Russian Literature Book Club of DC. Previously she served as a Language Assistant (Polish) at the nonprofit Global Language Network, and developed and taught a 2-hour class called “Decoding the Russian Alphabet” through the pop-up school Knowledge Commons. A freelance Russian-English translator, Olga was selected as first runner-up for the Academia Rossica Young Translator’s Award in 2012.
Her previous experience includes:
– Project Assistant for Central and Eastern Europe, National Democratic Institute (NDI)
– Newsletter Managing Editor, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and European Studies (CSEES), UNC-Chapel Hill
– Reporting Intern, The Moscow Times