Irina Dubinina

Irina DubininaAssistant Professor of Russian
Director of the Russian Language Program

Research Interests

Heritage language acquisition
Heritage language pedagogy
Bilingual code-switching
Second language acquisition

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, PhD
Bryn Mawr College, MA
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, MA
University of Alaska, Anchorage, BA
Magadan International Pedagogical University, BA


National Science Foundation grant for "Parsed and Audio-Aligned Corpus of Bilingual Russian Child Speech (BIRCh)" (co-principal investigator)
Theodore and Jane Norman Fund for Faculty Research and Creative Projects in Arts and Sciences (2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Brandeis University Provost’s Innovations in Teaching Grant (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Board of Directors of American Council of Teachers of Russian (2015-current)
Mandel Faculty Research Grants in the Humanities (co-awardee), 2015-2016
Brandeis University Provost’s Research Grant (2016)
Davis Teaching and Learning Fellow (2015-2016)
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2012)
Doris Carland Prize for Outstanding Teaching (2007)

Select Publications

Dengub, E., Dubinina, I., & J. Merrill. (Eds.). (in press). The Art of Teaching Russian. Georgetown University Press.

Dubinina, I. & O. Kisselev. (2019). Rodnaya Rech': An introductory course for heritage learners of Russian. Georgetown University Press.

in cooperation with I. Dubinina, authors Maria Lekic, Dan Davidson, Kira Gore. Russian Stage One: Live from Russia, vol. 1 & 2. Second ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2009.


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