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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 course 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.

Meredith Doubleday

Assistant Director, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
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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. Meredith currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).

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Adnan Džumhur

Associate Director, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
Associate Director, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies
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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.

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Kathryn Goodpaster

Program Assistant, UNC Undergraduate Russian Flagship Program
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Kathryn is a graduate student in the UNC Global Studies M.A. program with a concentration in Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies. She graduated last spring from UNC with her B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense with a minor in Russian Language and Culture. At UNC, she has been a part of numerous student organizations and worked in multiple university departments. In her spare time, she volunteers with organizations that support Gold Star families.

Program Tutors

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Ekaterina Khokhrina

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.

Headshot of Tatyana Miller.Tatyana Miller

Tanya is a native Russian speaker who earned her BA in International Studies with a major in Russian from UNC Charlotte. While being a UNCC student, she was a recipient of a scholarship Youth4Health from the Department of State, which entailed a cultural trip of UNC Charlotte students to Voronezh, Russia. She has been a Russian Conversation coach at NCVPS working with high school students on improving Russian on different levels. She is very excited to be a part of the UNC Russian Flagship Program and contribute to the Russian language initiative by engaging UNC students by giving them a positive language study experience.  Tanya also has an MS degree in Economics & Accounting from the Ural State University of Economics, Yekaterinburg, Russia.

 Headshot of Irene Delic.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.

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Iryna Salogub

Iryna has a master’s degree in Public Relations from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She is currently getting her second M.A. in Digital Communication in the UNC at Chapel Hill. She is fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, and she has a basic education in Spanish and German. In addition to tutoring, she works with global social media, event management, and international communications.

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Elham Kamrani

Elham Kamrani is a Ph.D. student in Russian Linguistics. Originally from Iran. She received her M.A. from the faculty of philology, Belarusian State University; she wrote her dissertation on the Lexico-Semantic field of emotion in Russian translations of Khayyam’s poetry. Growing up both in Iran and also studying in Belarus for years endowed her with the unique insight into the complexity of the Persian and Russian languages, where she now works as a translator. The books include “Selected Poems of Arseny Tarkovsky” and “Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster” by Svetlana Alexievich (Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature). She is currently working on a translation of “Red Cavalry” by Isaac Babel.

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Ryan Rowe

Ryan is a graduate from UNC Chapel Hill, where he studied Slavic Languages and Music. Since graduating in 2018, he has gone on to teach and coach Russian diction for opera singers as well as assist with performances of contemporary and canonical works within the Russian repertoire across the Midwest and the East Coast. Most recently, Ryan worked as the Russian Language Lab Instructor at Macalester College while completing an M.M. in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota. Currently, Ryan resides in Budapest, where he studies Hungarian Culture and Language at the KKM Magyar Diplomáciai Akadémia. Ryan is very grateful to be back at UNC and to be able to assist with the Russian Flagship Program.

Program Ambassadors

Headshot of Griffin Mcguire.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.

Headshot of Makayla McMinn.Makayla McMinn

Micah a Sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill pursuing a double-major degree in Peace, War, and Defense and Russian. She started studying Russian in high school and the Russian Department was one of the main things that drew her to UNC. She looks forward to studying aboard sometime soon!

Program Faculty

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Natalia Chernysheva

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

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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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Matthew McGary

Teaching Assistant Professor of Russian
Interests: Ethics and practice of rhetoric; Nineteenth-century Russian prose fiction; Odes of Mandel’stam, Pasternak, and Brodsky; Soviet Russian metahistorical romances

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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.