Sophia is the editor-in-chief and founder of Arbitror. She is a native of the American Pacific Northwest and graduated magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark College in 2016. She received her Bachelor of Arts in international affairs with a minor in Russian. She currently works as a legal assistant in criminal, family, and business law at Brindle McCaslin in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Sophia is a recently-returned Fulbright recipient for the 2016-17 academic year, during which she was stationed in Kazan, Russia. She has previously interned for both the U.S. Department of State and the American Academy of Diplomacy in Washington, D.C.
Kazan was not Sophia's first extended stay in Russia; she also spent a semester in St. Petersburg, Russia on a language-intensive program at St. Petersburg State University. In 2015, Sophia was one of eight students in the State of Oregon to be awarded the Oregon Consular Corps Scholarship. This scholarship is given to promising undergraduates in the discipline of international affairs. Sophia has professional ambitions to serve as a diplomat for the United States.
Sophia specializes in U.S. foreign policy and Russian studies, specifically U.S.-Russian relations and the Cold War. Sophia has also extensively studied Ukraine and other Soviet successor states. She has a secondary regional focus on the Middle East, which she has supplemented with Arabic language studies. Sophia has a love of languages; aside from Russian and Arabic, she has also studied French and Spanish.
In her free time, Sophia enjoys writing fiction, experimenting in the kitchen, building her photography portfolio, and exploring her surrounding urban metropolis.
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