Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Anna Vassilieva


Professor Vassilieva is a teacher, author, translator and editor. She authored the following:

  • The Russian Émigré Presson Democracy in Russia, 1980-1990s
  • Co-authored a study Influence on Russian Culture on Russian Negotiating Style
  • Co-edited Russia and East Asia: Informal and Gradual Integration
  • Co-edited Crossing National Borders: 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 following: 

  • International Herald Tribune
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Moscow Times
  • Asahi Shimbun
  • Jornal do Brazil

She has taught Russian Studies at MIIS 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.

Dr. Vassilieva interviewed on PBS's NewsHour


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

Course List

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RULA 8432 - Pozner-Journalist & His Russia      

The thematic, Russian language course, "Pozner: the Journalist and His Russia," is based on installments of Vladimir Vladimirovich Pozner's personal talkshow. Students watch interviews from the show, "Pozner," with representatives of the political and artisitic elite, as well as revered personalities of Russia. While working on each interview, students think over and develop analyses using the following categories of issues: timeless, topical, professional and personal. Students determine whether or not there is internal conflict between the interviewer and interviewee, which manifests verbally in the framework of those same categories: worldview, everyday life, personal (character) or professional (political). The political, social, cultural context of each interview is analyzed.

Students will also have the opportunity to meet with Mr. Pozner after the end of this module to ask questions and discuss his work with him in person. After Mr. Pozner's module is complete, students will have four weeks to conduct their own research projects and prepare to present them as the final deliverable for the class. Several leading Russian journalists will make presentations to class throughout the semester, in addition to Mr. Pozner himself, to present their analyses of contemporary Russian media, social networks and the relations between Russian state and the media.

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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RULA 8453 - UnderstandRussia-MediaDiscours      

Students will be reading articles from different Russian media sources and discussing their content and philosophy, with the goal of understanding the driving forces of Russian media discourse, its main players, the attitudes of Russian people to media and the role that media plays in politically charged atmosphere of the season of parliamentary elections. In addition to regular class work, students will participate in a number of teaching modules delivered by the leading Russian sociologist, media personality and experts in a variety of fields. All the modules will be taught in Russian. Students will present their research findings throughout the semester and will write a final paper on the topic of their choice.

Fall 2016 - MIIS

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RULA 8520 - Individual Research Projects      

Students will identify the topic of their in-depth research that should complement their professional concentration. After devising individual study plans, students will be working with the professor in the format of individual consultations and presentations to peers in biweekly group meetings. Students will be working on a course paper or series of smaller pieces that would be making significant contribution to their professional development.

Fall 2016 - MIIS, Fall 2017 - MIIS

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