Yuri Slezkin — Ph.D. Professor at the University of California at Berkeley
Slezkine originally trained as an interpreter in Moscow State University.
His first trip outside the Soviet Union was in the late 1970s, when he worked as a translator in Mozambique.
He returned to Moscow to serve as a translator of Portuguese, and spent 1982 in Lisbon before emigrating to Austin, Texas the next year.
He earned a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin.
Slezkine is a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and Jane K. Sather Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008).