Mei holds a BA in Philosophy from Boston University and is ABD in the PhD program in Philosophy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She took up Russian as a hobby in graduate school and, after completing SRAS’s Translation Abroad program (now part of our Home and Abroad Programs), moved to St. Petersburg, where she lived and worked as a translator, editor, freelance writer, writing coach, and English teacher. Mei has taught university and high school students (in Philosophy, English, Film Studies, Russian, and German) since 2007. She enjoys helping students to sharpen their critical thinking and writing skills, use writing to deepen their study abroad experience, and find their voices. Besides St. Petersburg, she has also lived in Berlin and Kangshan, Taiwan. She is currently based in Chicago, with her husband and their cat, Begemot.