Angela D. Warren Hood earned her BA Slavic Languages and Literatures from KU in 1997. She continued her studies at Georgetown University, where she completed her MA of Russian Area Studies in 1999. She is currently working as a Program Analyst at the American International Health Alliance in Washington, DC. AIHA is a non-profit formed in 1992 to improve healthcare in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She received a Master of Arts in Russian Area Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in May 1999. She married Matt Hood on Sept. 23, 2000. She and Matt met in beginning Russian class at KU in 1993 and again in 1997 in Washington, DC. (03/2001)
Career: I’ve been working at the US Embassy in Moscow since August of 2005. It’s a terrific post with enormous opportunities for meeting people of all nationalities. I love working for the government, but am glad that I first worked for a non-governmental organization aiding the people of the FSU. There are many NGOs still serving this part of the world, granting opportunities to continue your study of the language and culture while helping people.
Languages: Russian, a little French, soon to add another when I find out where my next post will be.
Places lived in: Russia, including long stays in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Russian Far East.
Favorite place: Tomsk is a great university city with some of Russia’s friendliest people, and the most enchanting birch forests.
Hobbies: Travel; practicing and teaching yoga; editing home movies; cooking, baking and eating; collecting antique maps.
Favorite food: khachapuri, Georgian cheese bread. I make a fast and easy Americanized version of it for dinner parties, but enjoy the authentic version much more.
Favorite saying: Khai tebe kachka kopnye, which is Ukrainian for "May a duck kick you in the knee!" What could be more unexpected than a kicking duck?
Favorite book: Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. My favorite Slavic book is Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak