Irina Vasilyeva Meier

Senior Lecturer of Russian

Photo: Irina Vasilyeva  Meier
Phone:  505-277-4771
Curriculum vitae
Office:  323B
Hours:  M W F 11:00 - 11:50 or by appointment via Zoom

Research Area/s:

Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies,  Russian


Irina Meier teaches Russian language courses and a range of interdisciplinary courses in translation, for majors and non-majors alike, on 19th, 20th and 21st-century Russian culture and literature through film as well as courses on Russian terrorism and Russian immigration. She also serves as the Director of the Russian program. Her main areas of scholarly expertise focus on cultural studies, including Russian terrorism from the nineteenth century to the present, postcolonial collective memory in the Chechen culture, Russian film, and digital humanities methods.

Educational History:

2016, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of South Carolina

Dissertation: Evil Men Have No Songs: The Terrorist and Littérateur Boris Savinkov, 1879-1925. 

2010, M.A. in English, Eastern New Mexico University 

2008, B.S. in Political Science, Eastern New Mexico University 

2006, Specialist (equivalent to Master's) in Translation and Theory of Translation, Linguistics, Vyatka State University of Humanities, Kirov, Russia.

Research Interests:

  • Culture of Russian terrorism
  • Russian film
  • Postcolonial collective memory in Chechen culture
  • Digital Humanities

Representative Courses:

  • Immigration: The Russian Factor (remote learning)
  • Culture of Russian Terrorism
  • 19th Century Russian Culture and History Through Film Saints and Sinners in Russian Culture
  • Modern Russia: Digital Humanities Methods
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Russian
  • Approaches to Modern Languages and Cultures (remote learning)
  • Immigration, Languages, Cultures (in-person and remote learning)


Articles Appearing in Chapters in Edited Volumes

Zagrai, E., Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Meier, I., Patterson, L., & Shkireva, A. Teaching and learning Russian language and culture in New Mexico (In Russian). Russian Language Abroad. Special issue on Russian Studies in the USA: pp. 9-15. 2017.

Invited Digital Publications

‘The Greatest Monsters’: Re-writing Russian History through Cinematic Representations of Revolutionary Terrorism.” NYU Jordan Center Blog. October 19, 2022.

Other Information:.

AATSEEL Certificate Program in Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogies (CDIPS). 2021-2022 Cohort.

Promineo Tech Software Development Certification, Front-End Software Development (2022).