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Olga Grushin


Russia (b.1971)

Born in Moscow, in the family of a pioneering Soviet sociologist Boris Grushin, Olga Grushin spent her early childhood in Prague. After returning to Moscow, she studied art history at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and journalism at Moscow State University. In 1989, she was given a full scholarship to Emory University, and became the first Russian citizen to enroll in and complete a four-year American college program, graduating summa cum laude in 1993.

Since coming to the United States, she has been an interpreter for President Jimmy Carter, a cocktail waitress in a jazz bar, a translator at the World Bank, a research analyst at a Washington law firm, and, most recently, an editor at Harvard University's Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.