Where are our graduate alumni now?

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Our M.A. and Ph.D. graduates find employment in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. They teach in Slavic programs at major universities around the country. They serve as language- and area-studies experts for the U.S. government and other organizations with a policy interest in Eastern Europe. And they serve as translators and regional experts for international businesses. In short, our graduates find many ways to put their degrees to work. Our recent graduates, and where they have gone after leaving us, are listed below.

Are you a recent M.A. or Ph.D. graduate who is not listed here? Or is your employment information outdated? Contact us! We'd love to hear from you.

2018

Ray Alston, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: “Singing the Myths of the Nation: Historical Themes in Russian Nineteenth-Century Opera”
Dissertation advisor: Alexander Burry

Anastasiia Gordiienko, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: "Russian Shanson as Tamed Rebel: From the Slums to the Kremlin"
Dissertation advisor: Helena Goscilo

Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Arizona (begining fall 2018)

Michael O'Brien, M.A.
Advisor: Helena Goscilo

2017

Nina Haviernikova, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: "Dialect Contact in Slovakia”
Dissertation advisor: Brian Joseph, Daniel Collins (co-advisor)

Current Position: Program Coordinator, Foreign Languages Individualized Instruction Learning Center

Kaite Lane, M.A.
Advisor: Yana Hashamova

Current position: Graduate Student in Library and Information Science, Rutgers University

Greg Ormiston, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: The Prison Worlds of Dostoevskii, Tolstoi, and Chekhov
Dissertation advisor: Alexander Burry

Current Position: Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian, University of Denver (beginning fall 2018)

2016

Mike Furman, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Playing with the punks: St. Petersburg and the DIY ethos
Dissertation advisor: Jennifer Suchland

Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, The College of Wooster

Jeff Parker, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Inflectional complexity and cognitive processing: An experimental and corpus-based investigation of Russian nouns
Dissertation advisor: Andrea Sims

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics and English Language, Brigham Young University

Chen Zhang, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Russian Writers Confront the Myth: The Absence of the People’s Brotherhood in Realist Literature
Dissertation advisor: Alexander Burry

2015

Helen Myers, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: A semiotic revaluation of Russian prose fiction in modern Russian film adaptations
Dissertation advisors: Alexander Burry and Brian Joseph

Current position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

Ryan Perkins, M.A.
Advisor: Andrea Sims

Lauren Ressue, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Reciprocity in Russian: An investigation of the syntactic, semantic and pragmatic interfaces
Dissertation advisors: Andrea Sims and Judith Tonhauser

Current position: Job Developer, Refugee Program, Lutheran Social Services (Falls Church, VA)

Kate White, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Second language vocabulary acquisition in context
Dissertation advisor: Ludmila Isurin

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Western Michigan University

Justin (Dusty) Wilmes, Ph.D.
Dissertation title: Projecting Social Concerns: Ethical Visions in Russian Independent Cinema
Dissertation advisor: Yana Hashamova

Current position: Assistant Professor of Russian Studies, Eastern Carolina University

2014

Ellen Bunker, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: A Cross-Cultural Study of Politeness and Facework among Russian, American, and Russian-American Cultural Groups
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Sara Ceilidh Orr, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The Scrivener De-Scribed: Logos and Originals in Nineteenth-Century Copyist Fiction
Dissertation advisor: Alexander Burry

Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, Willamette University

Yuliya Walsh, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Forms of Address in Contemporary Ukrainian Newspapers: Morphology, Gender and Pragmatics
Dissertation advisors: Daniel Collins and Charles Gribble

Current position: Adjunct faculty, Wright State University

2013

Andrew Kier, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The semantics of Russian 'about' prepositions: A corpus-based study
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Metadata specialist and cataloguer, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

Anastasia Kostetskaya, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The water of life and the life of water: The metaphor of world liquescence in the poetry, painting and film of the Russian Silver Age
Dissertation advisors: Irene Delic and Helena Goscilo

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Hawai'i Manoa

David McVey, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Man Enough: Multiple Masculinities in the Films of Pavel Lungin?
Dissertation advisor: Helena Goscilo

Current position: Senior Lecturer, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

Robert Mulcahy, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: A hero of two times: Erast Fandorin and the refurbishment of genre
Dissertation advisor: Helena Goscilo

Current position: Visiting Assistant Professor, College of William & Mary

Olha Rudich, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Freed by ideology, imprisoned by reality: The representation of women in the cinemas of the thaw and perestroika
Dissertation advisor: Yana Hashamova

Current position: Russian language instructor, NASA

Taylor White, M.A.

Advisor: Angela Brintlinger

Current position: Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University 

2012

Ljiljana Đurašković, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The Expression of Possession in Medieval Russian Legal Language: Contextual Factors in the Selection of Alternatives
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Lecturer, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Monica Vickers, M.A.

Advisor: Daniel Collins

2011

Maria Alley, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Investigating processing in processing instruction
Dissertation advisors: Daniel Collins and Wynne Wong (French & Italian)

Current position: Senior Lecturer and Foreign Language Coordinator, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pennsylvania

Živojin Jakovljević, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Editing in a sixteenth-century Serbian manuscript (HM.SMS.280): A lexical analysis with comparison to the Russian original
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Priest, Serbian Orthodox Church / Lecturer for Serbian Language and Literature, Cleveland State University

Jasmine Lin, M.A.

Advisor: Helena Goscilo

Current position: Center Administrator, Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, University of California Los Angeles

Kathleen Manukyan, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The Russian word in song: Cultural and linguistic issues of classical singing in the Russian language
Dissertation advisor: Irene Delic

Current position: Instructor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Galina Naumenko, Ph.D.

Dissertation title:
Dissertation advisor: Irene Delic

Current position: Freelance translator

Marina Pashkova, M.A.

Advisor: Andrea Sims

Current position: Lecturer, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

James Joshua Pennington, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The synchrony and diachrony of Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian adjectival long-form allomorphy (ALFA)
Dissertation advisor: Brian Joseph

Current Position: Visiting Professor of Linguistics, Linguistics Program of the Department of English at Miami University

Allison Potvin, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The body in transition: Physical transformation in postmodern Russian literary and visual culture
Dissertation advisor: Angela Brintlinger

Current position: Lecturer, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

Robert Reynolds, M.A.

Advisor: Andrea Sims

Current position: Assistant Research Professor of Digital Humanities, Brigham Young University

Susan Vdovichenko, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: The beholder's eye: How self-identification and linguistic ideology affect shifting language attitudes and language maintenance in Ukraine
Dissertation advisor: Ludmila Isurin

Current position: Assistant Professor of Russian and Director of the Non-major-language Program, Washington & Jefferson College

2010

Elizabeth Angerman, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: "The idea of eternal return": Palimpsests and national narratives in Czechoslovak New Wave literary adaptations
Dissertation advisor: Yana Hashamova

Current position: Study Abroad Coordinator, Ohio State University

Daniel Davidson, M.A.

Advisors: Daniel Collins and Andrea Sims

Current position: Analyst (Russian language specialist), Department of Defense

Magdalena Gruszczynska-Harrison, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Language transfer and beyond: Pro-drop, code switching, and acquisition milestones in bilingual Polish-English children
Dissertation advisor: Ludmila Isurin

Current position: Visiting Lecturer in Polish, Brown University

Marcela Michalkova, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Gender asymmetries in Slovak personal nouns
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Assistant Professor of American Studies, Institute of British and American Studies, Prešov University (Slovakia)

Zoran Panjak, M.A.

Advisor: Irene Delic

Current position: Media Manager, St. Peterburg's International Economic Forum

Shelley Price Cade, M.A.

Advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Eurasian Projects Coordinator; Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, George Mason University

Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Cultural formation in post-Yugoslav Serbia: Divides, debates, and dialogues
Dissertation advisor: Yana Hashamova

Current position: Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati

Larysa Stepanova, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Representation of national identity on Ukrainian business websites
Dissertation advisors: Daniel Collins and Charles Gribble

Current position: Language Program Coordinator, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, Ohio State University

2009

Xinran Dong, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Requests in academic settings in American English, Russian and Chinese
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins and Marjorie Chan

Current position: Chinese Lecturer, Fordham University

Kirk Jorgensen, M.A.

Advisor: Ludmila Isurin

Current position: Sycamore Street Press

Miriam Whiting, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Globalism vs. nationalism: The pragmatics of business naming in Tomsk, Russia
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

2008

Jason Algood, M.A.

Advisor: Charles Gribble

Andrei Cretu, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Modelling the text: Lurii Lotman's information-theoretic approach revisited
Dissertation advisor: Irene Delic

S. Spencer Robinson, M.A.

Advisor: Charles Gribble

Current position: Analyst (Russian language specialist), Department of Defense

Yevgeniya Tyurikova, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Expression of politeness/impoliteness via the aspectual forms in the imperative in Russian
Dissertation advisors: Daniel Collins and Charles Gribble

2007

Teresa Kuruc, M.A.

Advisor: Alexander Burry

Current position: Russian Instructor, Foreign Language Department, Grossmont College (El Cajon, CA)

Mark Nuckols, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Case variation in Czech and Russian: Implications for the transitivity hypothesis
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Translator, Watching America

2006

Thaddeus Fortney, M.A.

Advisor: Angela Brintlinger

Current position: Instructor, Department of Focused Inquiry, VCU

Oxana Skorniakova, M.A.

Advisor: Brian Joseph

Current position: Russian Lecturer, Pace University

2005

Bojan Belić, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Complement verb variation in present-day Serbian
Dissertation advisor: Brian Joseph

Current position: Senior Lecturer and Languages Coordinator, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington

Tania Ivanova-Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Lexical variation in the Slavonic Thekara texts: Semantic and pragmatic factors in medieval translation praxis
Dissertation advisor: Daniel Collins

Current position: Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of New Mexico

Julia Mikhailova, Ph.D.

Dissertation title: Comparison of interpersonal and presentational description in Russian oral proficiency testing
Dissertation advisor: Brian Joseph

Current position: Senior Lecturer in Russian and Russian Language Program Coordinator, University of Toronto

Anastasia Smirnova, M.A.

Advisor: Brian Joseph

Current position: Assistant Professor of Linguistics, San Francisco State University

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