Anna Vassilieva, Founding Director
Professor Anna Vassilieva is the Russian Studies program head at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she has been teaching since 1990. She is the founding director of the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies.
Jarlath McGuckin, Deputy Director
Jarlath McGuckin joined MIR in 2020 as the special projects manager. Jarlath is the former director of Program Development at the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). He has 17 years of experience working at CIEE, the oldest study abroad organization in the United States, in marketing, college relations, on-site and pre-departure student advising, and program development. Jarlath spent seven years running the CIEE Russian Language and Russian Area Studies programs in St. Petersburg, Russia. He brings his mix of practical hands-on experience and management skills to MIR. A passionate student of Russian language and culture since high school, he received an MA in Russian Studies/Political Science from the European University at St. Petersburg in 2009 and fronts the Russian tribute band Kino Proby, bringing the songs of Viktor Tsoi to audiences in the United States.
Dr. Jade McGlynn is a Senior Researcher at the Monterey Initiative in Russian Studies, where she is also the co-director of the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia and director of the Monterey Trialogue Initiative. She holds a DPhil in Russian from the University of Oxford, where she worked as a Lecturer from 2018-2020. Her research focusses on Russian state media discourse and political uses of history in Russia and the wider eastern European region.
Her work often appears in the media (Foreign Policy, The Spectator, The Telegraph) and leading academic journals (Nationalities Papers, Memory Studies). She is the author of a forthcoming book on the politics of memory in contemporary Russia, The Kremlin’s Memory Makers, due out with Bloomsbury in 2022 and is currently writing a second book, Putin’s Unreality, outlining how the Kremlin came to believe its own propaganda about Ukraine, culminating in the invasion.
Dr. McGlynn is frequently called upon to contribute her expertise on Russian political culture and foreign policy, as well as soft power and public diplomacy, by government institutions (FCDO, MOD), think tanks and NGOs (CSIS, Instituto Real Elcano, British Council) and the media (BBC Russian Service, MSNBC, Times Radio, The Telegraph). Her work is informed by her experiences living and working in and across Russia for five years. She speaks fluent Russian and Spanish and is proficient in Ukrainian, French and Serbian.
You can follow her at @DrJadeMcGlynn.
Lisa Levina, Graduate Assistant
Lisa Levina is pursuing an MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Lisa earned a BA in International Relations and Energy Diplomacy from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Lisa also works as a graduate research assistant at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies.
Yanliang Pan, Research Assistant
Yanliang Pan is a research assistant with the Monterey Trialogue Initiative and a master’s student at Georgetown University’s Center for Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies. His research interests range from U.S.- and China-Russia relations to Russian nuclear energy exports and youth policy.