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.


Contemporary Russian politics, Russian politics in Central Asia, Russian culture and society, Siberia, Russians in Japan.

Dr. Vassilieva interviewed on PBS's NewHour


Ph.D., History, Russian Diplomatic Academy; BA, MA, Irkutsk State Linguistic University

Course List

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RULA 8452 - VladimrPutin:Russia&ItsPrsidnt      

Fall 2015 - MIIS

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RULA 8484 - Modern Russia in War & Peace      

Fall 2014 - MIIS

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RULA 8485 - MediaNarrativesAsPoliticalTool      

Students will read and analyze different media interpretations of the news in Russia that drive the political discourse inside and outside the country. Among the goals of the coursework will be obtaining skills of differentiating texts based on editorial policies, political preferences of the authors and general political/social/cultural context. Students will be conducting comparative analyses of textual strategies of media sources in different languages, including semantic and stylistic characteristics. Russian TV analytical programs will be analyzed along with printed and electronic media sources. Students will participate in teaching modules delivered by visiting experts under the auspices of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies in addition to traditional course work.

Spring 2016 - MIIS

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RULA 8520 - Individual Research Projects      

Fall 2014 - MIIS, Fall 2015 - MIIS

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RULA 8530 - Individual Research Projcts II      

Spring 2015 - MIIS

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