Amanda Shirnina is a historian and editor living in St. Petersburg. She earned her Ph.D. in History from Cornell University in 2020. Her dissertation, After "Walrussia": American, Russian, Canadian, and Japanese Fur Seals between Empires, 1867-1911, combines marine environmental history and foreign relations history with a focus on U.S.-Russia relations. Originally from rural Michigan, Amanda 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 quickly decided not to leave. Between 2005 and 2017, Russian Life magazine fed her obsession with all things Rus.
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