Bryan Furman was born and raised in New Jersey, where he studied international relations and psychology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Throughout his undergraduate career, he focused on intergroup attitudes in post-Soviet Russia and Central Asia, and was able to conduct social psychological research on Russian-Muslim relations as a 2011-2012 Boren Scholar in Moscow. After graduating from TCNJ in 2013, Bryan investigated the influence of donor organizations on the development of the Tajik mental health sector as a Fulbright U.S. Student in Tajikistan. He simultaneously collaborated with the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Agency for International Development missions in Dushanbe on public affairs, health, and education initiatives. At Georgetown University, Bryan studies strategic communications in the post-Soviet space as an M.A. candidate at the Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies (CERES). He also interns on the Ukraine-Russia Coordination Team at the U.S. Department of State, where he works on Russian and Ukrainian affairs through winter 2015/2016. As a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellow, Bryan will join the U.S. Foreign Service in fall 2016 as a public diplomacy officer and hopes to focus his tours in the CERES region so that he can apply his area studies knowledge and strategic communications concentration on the job.