Dr. Irina Dubinina holds a PhD in Russian (with specialization in Second Language Acquisition) from Bryn Mawr College. She has been the director of the Russian language program at Brandeis University since 2007. Dr. Dubinina has 17 years of experience teaching Russian as a foreign language and an extensive background in teaching heritage speakers of Russian. Dr. Dubinina is the Chair of the Foreign Language Oversight Committee at Brandeis University and a consultant for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth. She has developed and led a number of teacher training seminars in Russia for teachers of Russian as a foreign language. She is a regular contributor and reviewer for the Online Resource Center for Teachers of Russian, has authored and co-authored several articles on heritage learners, and has collaborated with the authors of Live From Russia: Stage One (ACTR/Kendall) on publishing the 2nd edition. She is currently working on a textbook for adult heritage speakers of Russian. Dr. Dubinina has been awarded the Doris Sill Carland Award for Excellence in Teaching from Bryn Mawr College (2007) and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2012).