Amanda Shirnina is a historian and editor living in St. Petersburg. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Cornell University in 2020. She is currently preparing her dissertation manuscript, After "Walrussia": American, Russian, Canadian, and Japanese Fur Seals between Empires, 1867-1911, for book publication. Originally from rural Michigan, she first lived in Russia in 2005 as a study abroad student in Nizhny Novgorod, returning in 2017 to conduct archival research for her Ph.D. She soon decided she couldn’t leave. In between trips to Russia, Russian Life magazine fed her obsession with all things Rus.
Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.
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