Russian Flagship Faculty & Staff
Karen Evans-Romaine (PhD, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan) is Professor of Russian in the UW-Madison Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. She has been at UW-Madison since 2009. An ACTFL-certified Russian oral proficiency tester, Evans-Romaine directed the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at Middlebury College from 2003–2009 and coordinated the first-year Russian program there from 2001–2003. She is co-author, together with first author Richard Robin and Galina Shatalina (George Washington University) of the two-volume elementary Russian language textbook Golosa. She is co-editor, together with Language Institute and Russian Flagship Associate Director Dianna Murphy, of a collection of articles on Flagship programs entitled Exploring the US Language Flagship Program: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation, published in 2016. At Ohio University Evans-Romaine directed the Russian program and the biannual OU Spring Quarter in Moscow Program from 1996–2009. Evans-Romaine also studies intersections between Russian and German literature and between Russian literature and music, with a focus on the work of Boris Pasternak; she has published a book and several articles in these areas. She has taught Russian at all levels, nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian cultural history, and courses on literature and music in European Modernism; in 2006 – 2007 she taught advanced English and American literature and culture to Russian students at Smolny College in St. Petersburg on a Fulbright.
Dianna Murphy (PhD, Slavic Linguistics, Ohio State University) is founding associate director of the Russian Flagship Program, director of the Language Institute, and a core member of the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition. Murphy’s professional experience in Russian includes serving as resident director for study abroad programs in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Russia; teaching courses in Russian language and literature; developing instructional materials for advanced-level learner of Russian, and conducting research on language teaching and learning. She is co-editor, with Russian Flagship director Karen Evans-Romaine, of the first book on U.S. Language Flagship programs: Exploring the Language Flagship: Professional Competence in a Second Language by Graduation (Multilingual Matters, 2016). More information about Dr. Murphy is on her website.
Anna Tumarkin (PhD, Russian Literature, UW-Madison) is Russian Language Program Director and Undergraduate Advisor in the Department of Slavic Languages at UW-Madison. Her research interests include language teaching methodology, instructional technology, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature and culture. Dr. Tumarkin teaches Russian at all levels and is an ACTFL-certified oral proficiency tester in Russian.
Laura (Weigel) Marshall graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009 with a BA in Russian and International Studies. In 2007-2008, she received a David Boren scholarship to study intensive Russian at Moscow International University. Following graduation, Laura worked for American Councils for International Education in Russia and Armenia as a participant recruiter for the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program. She received a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study at Stanford University in 2012, where she earned a master's degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Ashlyn King is a junior at UW-Madison, majoring in International Business, Marketing, and Russian. She spent summer 2016 in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she took classes in Russian culture, language, and politics. Her marketing and communications experience includes working on the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2015-16 and as a board member for the Women in Business student organization. In the future she hopes to work with American companies in order to expand their market reach internationally, with a focus in Europe and Russia.