TATIANA V. ZIMAKOVA
Russian Language Lecturer and chair of Russian area studies.
Dr. Zimakova earned her M.A. from Moscow State University, Ph.D. from the Russian Academy of Sciences, and completed McArthur post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan. Research interests include distance learning, Russian film, Russian for business and Russian society and institutions. Dr. Zimakova has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and written both textbooks and scripts for Russian language and culture videos.
Phone Number: (214) 768-2294
DANIEL T. ORLOVSKY
Professor and George Bouhe Research Fellow in Russian Studies.
Dr. Orlovsky completed his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at Harvard University. He is a specialist in modern Russian institutional and social history and has a strong interest in comparative history. Dr. Orlovsky teaches courses on Russian and Soviet History as well as Russian Culture. He has served as chair on the Board of Directors for the National Council for Russian and East European Research since 2004.
STEPHEN K. WEGREN
Professor of Political Science.
Dr. Wegren received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1990. He is a Professor in the Political Science department at SMU as well as the Director for International and Area Studies. He is the author of over six dozen articles and book chapters on various aspects of reform in post-communist states and agrarian relations. Dr. Wegren teaches courses on Soviet and post-Soviet Politics, comparative revolutions and Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy.
Professor of Theatre.
Dr. Blair received her Ph.D. (theory and criticism, directing, Russian theatre) and two M.A. degrees (acting and directing; Russian language and literature) from the University of Kansas and a B.A. (theatre) from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Blair is a specialist in Russian theatre and Chekhov.
Assistant Professor of Law
Dr. Kahn earned a B.A., from Yale University, M.A. and Ph.D. from Oxford University and J.D. from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kahn teaches and writes on American constitutional law, Russian law, human rights and counterterrorism. He has published books and articles about the Rule of Law in Russia and Russian Federalism.
Robert H. and Nancy Dedman Trustee Professor of Economics at SMU.
Dr. Webber earned a M.Sc. in Mathematics from Moscow State University and a Ph.D. in Mathematical Economics in Jerusalem at Hebrew University. His research focuses on the economy of the former USSR as well as game and economic theory. He currently serves as Academic Director of the International School of Economics in Tbilisi, Georgia.