Michael Martin holds a B.A. from Grand Valley State University, where he majored in Russian Studies and Economics. In 2013 he was awarded a Boren scholarship and spent an academic year in Irkutsk studying Russian at Irkutsk State Linguistic University. After returning from the shores of Lake Baikal, he completed his M.A. at the University of Michigan's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. His research interests are widespread, but he is particularly interested in Siberia, Russian regional identities, and contemporary Russian literature. When not mumbling to himself in Russian, he enjoys playing with his pet cats, listening to ska music, and baking.