Professor Vassilieva is a teacher, author, translator and editor. She authored The Russian Émigré Presson Democracy in Russia, 1980-1990s, co-authored a study Influence on Russian Culture on RussianNegotiating Style, co-edited Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration, Crossing NationalBorders : Human Migration Issues in Northeast Asia, translated Dead End: the Road to Afghanistan, The Road to Home, Colors of Jazz. Professor Vassilieva contributed articles and book chapters to numerous volumes and published commentaries of Russian foreign and domestic policy in the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Moscow Times, Asahi Shimbun, Jornal do Brazil. She has taught Russian Studies at the Institute and served as a Russian Studies program head for two decades. She currently directs Graduate Learning Initiative in Russian Studies, the program of studying contemporary Russian politics and society through the lens of Russian political scientists, historians, economists, which is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.
Professor Vassilieva holds Ph.D. in history from the Diplomatic Academy of Russian Federation.
Contemporary Russian politics, Russian politics in Central Asia, Russian culture and society, Siberia, Russians in Japan.
Ph.D., History, Russian Diplomatic Academy; BA, MA, Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Courses offered in the past four years.
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RULA 8321 - Current Social&Politicl Issues
Students will be working with authentic Russian language materials from electronic sources in Russia and CIS. The course work has two distinct goals: (1) to expand the vocabulary related to politics, sociology, and security, as well as the ability to read, translate, and analyze primary information sources; and (2) to introduce the variety of interpretations of current political, social, and security trends in the Russian media and government discourse on contemporary subjects. Students will engage in vocabulary-expanding exercises, review of advanced grammar rules, individual and group presentations, writing and speaking assignments related to the most acute issues facing Russian society today.
Fall 2012 - MIIS
RULA 8332 - SociologicalOvrviewModrnRussia
Fall 2011 - MIIS
RULA 8342 - Politics&SocietyInModernRussia
The goal of this course is to develop students’ familiarity with vocabulary and discourse specific to the area of public, political and sociological situation in contemporary Russia. The events of the end of 2011 and the beginning of 2012 are of particular interest to Russia watchers because of the broad civic discontent displayed in Russian public life during the period after the parliamentary elections and before the presidential elections. Students will read, translate and discuss sociological studies and journalistic accounts reporting Russian domestic politics, presidential candidates’ platforms, electoral forecasts and results. Students will make presentations reflecting political platforms of different presidential candidates, watch TV programs and follow media discourse related to the pre-electoral and post-electoral developments in Russia.
Spring 2012 - MIIS
RULA 8399 - Traditnl/HumanSecurityInRussia
Spring 2013 - MIIS
RULA 8440 - Comprhnding Terrorist Websites
The goal of this course is to examine historical, political and religious context of Jihad in Russian Federation’s republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia. Students will read documents and texts explaining the goals of Jihad in Russia and penetrate its semantic and cultural rhetoric. Students will watch and analyze documentaries dedicated to Russian jihad and numerous terrorist attacks on Russian soil in recent history. Students will learn about the networks, tactics and general appeal of electronic media among the young Muslim population in the region as well as role of women in Russian jihad.
Spring 2011 - MIIS
RULA 8442 - NonproliferatnIssues in Russia
The goal of this course is to develop students’ familiarity with vocabulary and discourse specific to the area of nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction in Russian academic, political and journalistic discourse. Students will read, translate texts explaining Russia’s politics of nonproliferation, its relations with the United States, and its history of cooperation with Iran among other issues. Students will have an opportunity to listen to distinguished guest speakers from Russia and the New East European countries and practice discussing nonproliferation issues in Russian with the experts.
Spring 2011 - MIIS
RULA 8452 - VladimrPutin:Russia&ItsPrsidnt
Fall 2013 - MIIS
RULA 8484 - Modern Russia in War & Peace
Fall 2014 - MIIS
RULA 8492 - Russian Pol/Society XXICentury
Spring 2013 - MIIS
RULA 8493 - Politcs&Scurity-MultipolarWrld
This course will be a part of a larger Monterey Model curriculum arrangement, which will consist of three groups of students specializing in Arabic, Chinese and Russian languages and Area studies. The Monterey Model curriculum will be devised in a way that would allow students from different language groups and areas of expertise to come together several times during the semester in order to exchange their views and acquired knowledge pertinent to selected themes. Students, professors and invited distinguished experts will be discussing differences in public, media and governmental views related to important international events and role of languages in regional politics. An effort will be made to integrate various approaches to better understand domestic politics and foreign relations through cultural, historical and political discourse. Students will watch jointly news broadcasts in Arabic, Chinese and Russian in order to better grasp the role of mass media in China, Russia and Middle East. Students will acquire practical skills of working with interpreters and will prepare their own presentations for some plenary sessions where they will have to rely on assistance of interpreters to generate the discussion of their topics. The joint coordinated curriculum will consist of the following topics:
1. Overview. Ethnic groups and minorities. Concepts of territory, geography, security.
2. Islam in country specific case studies. Political movements rooted in Islam. Religion and State in country specific case studies.
3. Security. Terrorism. Border Issues.
4. Language specific themes, for example: Arab Spring: media coverage, History and Present of Russian-Chinese diplomatic collaboration, Mutual perceptions : case studies of Chinese business and China’s economic presence in Northern Africa, Role of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Chinese, Russian, Arabic media strategies covering several key political events, Differences and similarities in patterns of civil unrest and political/economic consequences in China, Russia and Arabic speaking countries.
Spring 2012 - MIIS
RULA 8497 - Intelctual/PolDiscoursMdrnRus
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS
RULA 8520 - Individual Research Projects
Fall 2011 - MIIS, Fall 2012 - MIIS, Fall 2013 - MIIS, Fall 2014 - MIIS
RULA 8530 - Individual Research Projcts II ▹
Spring 2013 - MIIS, Spring 2015 - MIIS