Contact Information

Irina Dubinina
(781) 736-3223
Shiffman 206
Personal website

Fall 2017 Office Hours
Mon/Weds/Thurs 1-2 p.m.

Personal Interests

Outside of Brandeis, Professor Dubinina likes dancing (Latin and Argentinian tango) and is a three-time champion of Dancing with Brandeis Stars. View her 2011 performance.

Irina Dubinina

Assistant Professor of Russian
Director of the Russian Language Program

Research Expertise

Heritage languages (Russian), bilingualism, bilingual code-switching; Second language acquisition, general and language specific (Russian); Language policies in the former Soviet Republics

Select Courses Taught

EL 94a: Experiential Learning Practicum
RUS 10a: Beginning Russian I
RUS 20b: Beginning Russian II
RUS 29b: Russian Language for Russian Speakers
RUS 30a: Intermediate Russian I
RUS 40b: Intermediate Russian II
RUS 105a: Russia Today: Advanced Language Skills through Contemporary Culture
RUS 106b: Advanced Russian Language through Film
RUS 115b: Topics in Russian Culture and Society
RUS 150b: Advanced Russian Language through Literature (in Russian)
RUS 153a: Russian Poetry and Prose in Russian: Undergraduate Seminar
RUS 160b: Russian/Soviet Jews: Dual Identities in Text, Image and Music


Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D.
Bryn Mawr College, M.A.
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, M.A.
University of Alaska, Anchorage, B.A.
Magadan International Pedagogical University, B.A.


Brandeis University Provost’s Research Grant (2016)
Brandeis University Provost’s Innovations in Teaching Grant (2015)
Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow (2015-2016)
Board of Directors of American Council of Teachers of Russian (Two-year appointment)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2012)
Doris Carland Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007)

Select Publications


In cooperation with Irina Dubinina, authors Maria Lekic, Dan Davidson, Kira Gore. Live from Russia. Second Edition ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2009.

Russian Stage One: Live from Russia: Volume 1

Other Publications

Dubinina, Irina and Malamud, S.. ""Emergent communicative norm in a contact language: indirect requests in Heritage Russian"." Linguistics Journal (2016). (forthcoming)

Dubinina, Irina Y. "The Russian Language Outside the Nation.." Rev. of The Russian Language Outside the Nation., by Lara Ryazanova-Clarke,ed.. Slavic and East European Journal vol. 59.4 (Winter 2015) 2016: 663-664.

Dubinina, I. and Polinsky, M.. "Russian in the USA." Slavic Languages in Migration. Ed. M.Moser. Wien: University of Vienna, 2012.

Dubinina, I. & Polinsky, M.. "Russkiy yazyk v SShA." The Russian Language Outside Russia. Moscow: RGGU, 2011.

Dubinina, Irina. "How to ask for a favor: A pilot study in Heritage Russian pragmatics.." Instrumentarium of Linguistics: Sociolinguistic Approaches to Non-Standard Russian. vol. 40 Ed. A. Mustajoki, E.Protassova, and N. Vakhtin. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, 2011. 418-431.

Dubinina, Irina Y. Prisposoblenie k interesam sobesednika: vybor jazyka dla mezhlichnostnogo obschenia v Respublike Moldova. Proc. of Russkii jazyk v Respublike Moldova: realii i perspectivy (Russian Language in the Republic of Moldova: realias and perspectives). Chishinau, Moldova: Tsentr russkoi kultury v RM, 2007.