Christy Monet Brandly is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago. She earned her BA in Political Science from St. Mary's College of Maryland with a minor in Chinese Language and Literature. She previously attended University of Maryland Baltimore County, pursuing a major in Russian and a minor in International Relations. She went on to earn her MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago's Committee on International Relations, with concentrations in Regional Studies (Russia and Eurasia) and International Political Economy.

Her fields of interest are Comparative Politics and Political Theory. Her current research deals with the relationship between politics and literature in modern Russia and China, as well as the specific literary intersections of early modern Russian and Chinese political thought. More broadly, her research interests include but are not limited to contemporary Russian-Chinese relations, historical perspectives on the role of Russia in Asia and the role of Asia in Russia, comparative development of Russia and China, theories of development, and theorizing the role of identity in the economy.