Kenzy Seifert

Kenzy Seifert is a contributor to Arbitror. She is a native Oregonian, but graduated Cum Laude from Barnard College in New York City with a degree in French Literature & Translation and a minor in Russian Language. She is currently working on a Master’s in Russian, Eastern European, and Central Asian Studies from Harvard University’s Davis Center.

As a student at Barnard, Kenzy focused on foreign language training and translation. In 2014, she was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman award for study abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia, and two years later became a Critical Language Scholarship recipient for the summer 2016 program in Nizhny Novgorod. In between trips to Russia, she was a proud Barnard Admissions Representative, and an avid student of French phonetics and linguistic history, although her primary interest was in French-English translation. In the spring of 2016, she completed a partial translation of a contemporary French Middle Grade novel in fulfillment of a thesis requirement.

Outside of academics, she enjoys reading about topics ranging from biographies of Russian pianists to the history of the United States Postal Service. Kenzy is also fascinated by contemporary fiction in translation, especially the work of Anthea Bell. When she's not reading a book about little publicized topics, she can be found preparing applications to learn more foreign languages, or traveling domestically and internationally.

Kenzy is pursuing a career in diplomacy, where she looks forward to putting her foreign language skills and international experience to work, and helping people to understand each other better.


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