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Rachel Stauffer

Rachel Stauffer
Rachel Stauffer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5361 |

Rachel Stauffer's research concerns Russian language instruction and education about Russia in the United States in critical historical and social perspectives. She is a co-creator of AATSEEL's Certificate in Diverse and Inclusive Pedagogies (CDIPS) and served on the Executive Council as the organization's Conference Manager from 2013 until 2022. In addition to several years of teaching at Virginia Tech, Rachel has taught courses about Russia at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, James Madison University, Randolph College, Ferrum College, and the University of Virginia. She is currently co-editing two forthcoming volumes, Diversity and Decolonization in Teaching Russian Studies from Palgrave Macmillan (with Thomas J. Garza, University of Texas at Austin), and Inclusive Strategies and Critical Pedagogies for East European and Eurasian Languages from Academic Studies Press (with Sunnie Rucker-Chang, Ohio State University). 

  • Critical Pedagogy 
  • History of US Education 
  • Multicultural Education 
  • Russian language, literature, culture, folklore, cinema 
  • Linguistics (Phonology and Morphology) 
  • EdM, Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2023) 
  • PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia (2009) 
  • MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia (2004) 
  • BA, Russian Studies and Spanish, Randolph-Macon Woman's College (2000) 
  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) 
  • National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) 
  • American Education Research Association (AERA) 

Phi Kappa Phi


  • [Forthcoming 2025] Co-edited with Thomas J. Garza. Diversity and Decolonization in Russian Studies. Palgrave Macmillan. 
  • [Forthcoming 2024] Co-edited with Sunnie Rucker-Chang. Inclusive Strategies and Critical Pedagogies for East European and Eurasian Languages. Academic Studies Press. 
  • Tolstoy. Critical Insights Series. Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2018.
  • Critical Insights: Lolita. Critical Insights Series, Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2016
  • Russia's Golden Age. Critical Insights Series, Ipswich, MA: Salem Press/Grey House, 2013


Selected Journal Articles 

  • 2022. "Shifting Ideologies in Russian Cinematic Representation of California: Astrakhan in 1995 vs. Molochnikov in 2020". Comparative American Studies 19(2) 
  • "Creating an Antiracist Pedagogy of the Oppressed." Slavic and East European Journal. Vol. 64, No. 4, (Winter 2020). Forum edited by Gabriella Safran and Anindita Banerjee
  • A Traditional Karaoke Musical: Zhora Krizhovnikov's Samij lucsij den'/Best Day Ever. East European Film Bulletin (December 2020). 
  • "A Social and Emotional Spectrum of Russian Forms of Address: Foundations for the Concept-Based Approach to the Development of Sociopragmatic Competence at the Introductory Level". Slavic and East European Journal, 61(4), (Winter 2017).


Recent Book Chapters 

  • 2022. "Teaching Crime and Punishment for Social Justice". In Michael R. Katz and Alexander Burry, eds. Approaches to Teaching Crime and Punishment. MLA Series on Teaching World Literature 
  • 2021. "Addressing Issues of Representation in Russian Language Textbooks". In Jason Merrill, Irina Dubinina, Evgeny Dengub eds. The Art of Teaching Russian. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press. 
  • "Russian For Law Enforcement, Intelligence, and Security". In J. Trace, T. Hudson, & J.D. Brown, Developing Courses in Languages for Specific Purposes (pp. 229-241). Honolulu: University of Hawai'i, 2015 

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