Faculty and Staff

Karen Evans-Romaine

Director
Karen Evans-Romaine (PhD, Slavic Languages & Literatures, University of Michigan) has been Associate Professor of Russian in the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature 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. 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.


Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
1442 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
evansromaine@wisc.edu
(608) 262-3499

Dianna Murphy

Associate Director
Dianna Murphy (PhD, Slavic Linguistics, Ohio State University) is associate director of the Russian Flagship Program, associate 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 many study abroad programs to Russia, teaching Russian language and literature, and developing instructional materials for advanced-level learners. More information about Dr. Murphy is on her website.


Language Institute
1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
diannamurphy@wisc.edu
(608) 262-1473

Anna Tumarkin

Assistant Director
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.


Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
1439 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
atumarki@wisc.edu
(608) 262-3498

Alexandra Walter

Faculty Associate

Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
1469 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
atwalter@wisc.edu
(608) 262-3498

Galina Lapina

Senior Lecturer

Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic
1432 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
gvlapina@wisc.edu
(608) 262-3498

Laura Marshall

Program Coordinator
Laura 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 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.


Language Institute
1336 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
laura.marshall@wisc.edu
(608) 890-2867

Ashlyn King

Marketing and Communications Intern

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.

Language Institute
1322 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706
communications@russianflagship.wisc.edu
(608) 262-4077

The UW-Madison Russian Flagship is a collaborative initiative of the UW-Madison Department of Slavic Languages and Literature  and the Language Institute, with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and the Doctoral Program in Second Language Acquisition
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