Scholarly Expertise

In her graduate studies, April has specialized in Russian religious history. Her research interests center around the theology and everyday religious practice of believers in the late Soviet period. April has teaching experience in the history of Christianity, Eastern Orthodox theology and history, modern European history, academic writing, and Jewish history in Russia and the Soviet Union.

PUBLICATIONS (click on underlined links)

Edited Book

An Inner Step Toward God: Writings and Teachings on Prayer by Father Alexander Men (2014)

(for other translation projects (Russian to English), go to the Translations page)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

With Nadezhda Beliakova, “Богословие приличия: представления евангельских христиан-баптистов о внешнем виде женщин в поздне- и постсоветский периоды” [Theology of Decorum: Perspectives on Women’s External Appearance among Evangelical Christians-Baptists in the Late- and Post-Soviet Periods], Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом 36, no. 2 (2018): 163-93. [thematic issue on “Gendered Strategies and Disciplinary Tactics in Religious Associations”]

“The ‘Lived Religion’ of Evangelical Christian-Baptist Women in Soviet Siberia (1945-1991),” Quaestio Rossica 6, no. 2 (2018): 454-67. [thematic section on “Religious Nonconformity in Modern Russian History”]

Майкл Бурдо и Центр по изучению религии и коммунизма в контексте защиты религиозной свободы (1959-1975)” [Michael Bourdeaux, the Centre for the Study of Religion and Communism, and the Defense of Religious Liberty, 1959-1975], Государство, религия, церковь в России и за рубежом 35, no. 1 (2017): 216-43. [thematic issue on “Churches during the Cold War"]

Other Articles

“Council of Prisoners’ Relatives.” In Voices of the Voiceless: Religion, Communism, and the Keston Archive, edited by Julie deGraffenried and Zoe Knox, 39-41. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2019.

Women in Evangelical Churches in the Former Soviet Union: A Response [to an Interview with Pastor Shirinai Dosova].” East-West Church & Ministry Report 24, no. 4 (2016): 5-6.

"Evangelical Women in Siberia as Preservers of Memory." Keston Newsletter, no. 22 (2015): 1-7.

Book Reviews

Wallace L. Daniel, Russia’s Uncommon Prophet: Father Aleksandr Men and His Times (DeKalb: NIU Press, 2016). Modern Greek Studies Yearbook: A Publication of Mediterranean, Slavic, and Eastern Orthodox Studies 32/33 (2016-2017): 417-20.

Irina Yazykova's Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography (2011)

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Brandeis University
Waltham, MA
M.A. (History), 2014

​Ph.D. Candidate


April French is a Ph.D. Candidate at Brandeis University, where she served as Vice President of the Graduate Student Association and on multiple committees. Her major fields are Modern Russian History (1700-2000) and Modern European History (1750-2000). Her outside field is Transnational Christianity. April taught a course in the history department on the transnational modern history of women in Christianity, as well as a University Writing Seminar on Jewish Identity and Experience in the Soviet Union. Her dissertation is entitled, "Baptist Women’s Everyday Faith in Soviet Siberia, 1941-1991." Her advisor is Gregory L. Freeze.

Regent College
Vancouver, BC

​M.A. (Theological Studies), 2011


At Regent College, April focused her studies on the history of Christianity, but she also was trained in biblical languages, biblical studies, and theology. Her thesis was entitled, "Spiritual Dissident: The Writings of Father Aleksandr Men' as Dissent from Soviet Ideology." Her advisor was Sarah C. Williams.


University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

B.S. (Physical Education Teaching), 1997

B.A. (Elementary Education), 1999


While at the University of Wyoming, April studied in the broad field of education. Upon graduating from UW, she went into full-time Christian ministry to university students. The skills and knowledge she acquired during her undergraduate studies have served her well, and she has never lost her passion for mentoring students and facilitating their learning.


University Prize Instructorship
Awarded by Brandeis University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This prize made it possible for April to teach a course in the spring semester of 2017.
Fulbright Student Research Grant
Awarded by the Institute of International Education and funded by the US State Department, this grant allowed April to conduct historical research and oral history interviews in Siberia for her dissertation.
Keston Scholarship
Awarded by the Keston Institute for research at the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society at Baylor University.
Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry 
Graduate Research Award

Awarded for further research toward an essay on Father Aleksandr Men's Jewish identity, expected to be published within a volume provisionally entitled Russia, Religion, and Secularism: The Varieties of Russian Modernity.

Irving & Rose Crown Fellowship
2011-2014, 2015-2017

Awarded upon admission to Ph.D. studies at Brandeis University's history department.


Church History Award
Awarded by Regent College for being the top history student.