Yuliana Gunn
Instructor
Russian Program

McKenna 128

Focus:

Russian language pedagogy. Russian politics, culture, history, literature, and Slavic folklore.

About:

Yuliana holds an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Arizona, and a B.A. in Russian and Political Science from the University of New Hampshire. 

Her research interests include post-Soviet Russian national identity development, as it is presented in current social studies (obshchestvoznanie) textbooks in Russian high schools, and its influence on the international community. Most recently, her focus has been on the benefits of teaching Russian language and culture in an immersive, learner-centered environment.

Before coming to CU, Yuliana taught Russian language courses at Arizona State University, and Russian literature, cinema, and Slavic folklore courses at the University of Arizona. Other teaching experience includes summer teaching positions with the Critical Languages Institute at Arizona State University, where she currently serves as the lead instructor for their Russian STARTALK program.

When she is not in the classroom, Yuliana enjoys spending time with her family, crocheting doilies, reading, and traveling.  

CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS:

“Integrating the Gradual Release of Responsibility: Facilitating a Learner-Centered

Classroom,” at the bi-annual STARTALK National Foreign Language Center’s language

conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 2018.

“Russian Identity Development in a Democratic Context: A Discourse on the Role of

Social Studies Textbooks,” at the annual convention of the American Association of

Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), Tempe, Arizona,

April 2012.

“Barefoot and Pregnant: The Other Side to Sofia Andreevna (Tolstaya),” at the annual

convention of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European

Languages (AATSEEL), Tucson, Arizona, April 2011.