Two faculty members become U.S. citizens

For faculty members Katja Kleinberg and Dmitry Ponomarev, attaining U.S. citizenship solidifies how they already felt living in America.

“You know how they say, ‘home is where the heart is.’ You just feel part of it,” Kleinberg said. “This is where I’ve made my home. This is where my work is.”

Kleinberg, an assistant professor in the Political Science Department, and Ponomarev, an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, recently attained U.S. citizenship. The ceremony was held Feb. 3 at the Broome County Courthouse in Binghamton.

Ponomarev did not originally plan to stay in the United States for so long. When he came to the United States in 1996, he was only planning to stay a few years, and then move back to Russia. After getting his PhD from Binghamton University in 2003, he was offered a faculty position.

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