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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RULA8432 - Pozner-Journalist & His Russia      

Fall 2017 - MIIS

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RULA8453 - 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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RULA8485 - 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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RULA8520 - 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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