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Program Leadership

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Stanislav Shvabrin

Director, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
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In addition to heading the UNC Russian Flagship, Shvabrin directs the Russian Program in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. He has taught Russian at all levels, including intensive, study-abroad, heritage, Flagship and STARTALK sequences, at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the California State University, Northridge (CSUN), as well as other institutions of higher learning in the US and abroad.

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Meredith Doubleday

Assistant Director, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
310 Dey Hall •
Meredith Doubleday brings several years of administrative, advisory, and language instruction experience to UNC Chapel Hill. Her administrative background includes developing academic and financial support services for university students studying abroad and programming efforts to promote intercultural competency and campus internationalization at the University of Rochester. Additionally, she has taught Russian language courses at both the University of Rochester and Middlebury Language Schools’ Russian program. Meredith earned her B.A. in Russian and Classics from University of Rochester and M.A. in Russian language from Middlebury College. She was awarded a Fulbright ETA to teach English at Voronezh State University as well as a Phi Beta Kappa grant to conduct Russian rare book research in Europe.

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Adnan Džumhur

Associate Director, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
Associate Director, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
3109 FedEx Global Education Center •
Adnan (Adi) Džumhur joined the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies as its associate director in 2015. He oversees and manages the Center’s overall operations, development, grant administration, event programming, and outreach. Adi received his BA in German from Sewanee: The University of the South and his MA in Russian and East European Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. He teaches Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and is co-convener of the UNC Forum on Southeast Europe, a national platform for interdisciplinary research dedicated to the region.

Ekaterina Khokhrina.

Ekaterina Khokhrina

Program Assistant, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
3111 FedEx Global Education Center •
Ekaterina is a graduate student in the UNC Global Studies M.A. program with a concentration in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. She has experience working with students as a Russian language tutor and peer academic skills specialist at the Academic Achievement Center and a Russian peer facilitator at the Global Village at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Ekaterina studied at Ulyanovsk State University in Russia before transferring to UNC-Greensboro, where she earned her B.A. in Global Studies with concentration in Russian Studies.

Program Tutors

Lola Tasar

Lola Tasar is a Student Services Specialist at the UNC Linguistics Department. She received her BA in Romance Languages and Literatures from the National University of Uzbekistan and her MSW from North Carolina State University. Most recently, she worked at UNC’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services, where she ran several cultural exchange initiatives and conversation groups for the family members of UNC affiliates.

Jessica Ginocchio

Jessica is a PhD student in Comparative Literature and teaching assistant in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Her research focuses on late 19th and early 20th century Russian and German fiction, with special interests in the depictions of animals and death in literature. She has been studying Russian since 2007 and has studied in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Kiev.

Irene Delic

After retiring from Ohio State University where she was a professor of Russian literature, and moving to North Carolina, Irene was very happy to have the opportunity to stay in touch with her profession by tutoring at UNC. She feels fortunate to be part of UNC Russian Flagship Program and greatly enjoys her contacts with the wonderful students she meets.

Program Ambassador

Griffin Mcguire

Griffin is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill pursuing a double-major degree in Global Studies and Political Science. In addition to being a Russian Flagship student, he also works as a Flagship Ambassador, helping to promote, lead, and organize events for the program. He has studied Russian since high school and traveled to Russia for the first time in 2019 for an intensive language program in St. Petersburg.

Program Faculty

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Natalia Chernysheva

Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian
Interests: Language Pedagogy, 19th-century Russian literature, Sensory and Haptic Studies

Patrick Lang

Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian & German
Interests: Theater, German political theory, post-45 literature

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Radislav Lapushin

Associate Professor of Russian Literature
Interests: Chekhov, Poetry of Russian Prose (19th century to the present), Russian Literature on Stage and Screen, Soviet poetry

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Eleonora Magomedova

Teaching Associate Professor in Russian Language and Conversation
Interests: Russian language and literature, pedagogy

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Hana Pichova

Professor of Czech Language and Literature; Advisor for Slavic; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Interests: 20th-Century Czech and Russian Prose

CSEEES Faculty

UNC CSEEES faculty are distinguished in research, teaching, service and professional activities. Students have the opportunity to engage with more than 40 affiliate faculty across departments, including Anthropology, Geography, Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, History, Music, and Political Science. Additionally, students have access to faculty and course offerings at our partner institution, Duke University. For a full list of CSEEES affiliated faculty, visit their webpage.