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Zhanna R. Gerus-Vernola

Maya Brin Distinguished Lecturer, Russian Advisor, School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

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Research Expertise

Cultural Studies
Russian

Zhanna Gerus-Vernola holds a BA/MA in Psychology from Moscow State University and an MA in Russian Language and Linguistics from UMD. She completed her PhD coursework in Second Language Acquisition and Russian at Bryn Mawr College, PA. A lecturer in Russian at UMD since 2006, she has been the primary beyond-the-classroom organizer for the Russian Department and has been active in providing program enrichment through contacts in the community. As the coordinator of the Maya Brin Residency Program, she works with the Russian Department and the College of Arts & Humanities to bring leading Russian scholars, artists, and cultural figures to campus for short-term stays that are intended to foster connections across the College in teaching, graduate training, and scholarship on Russia.