A photo of Beata Gallaher
Teaching Assistant Professor
Russian Program

Office: MKNA 228
Office hours: Mondays 1:00-2:00PM in person


Ph.D. in Russian and Second Language Acquisition, Bryn Mawr College, PA, 2011

MA in Germanic Linguistics and Polish Studies, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, 2003

MA in Russian Language and Literature, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 1994


Dr. Gallaher is a Polish native speaker with near-native proficiency in Russian and German. Throughout the years, she has worked in Poland, Germany, Estonia, and the US. She has taught Russian, Polish, and German as well as culture, film, and pedagogy courses at various universities and military academies. A few years ago, she taught German to refugees in Berlin, Germany. Recently, she taught Russian at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and at DLI in Monterey, CA.

Dr. Gallaher published articles on pragmatic competence of American learners of Russian, linguistic politeness and cross-cultural communication, and the effect of gender on language performance. Recently, she finished the manuscript of the Polish language textbook for beginners and submitted it to the publisher for review.

Her research interests include SLA, linguistic politeness in Russian, Polish, and German and cross-cultural communication, gender in language and culture, teaching culture through film, and foreign language teaching and pedagogy.