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Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost 402-472-8845 143 Varner Hall; Lincoln, NE 68583-0743

I received my Ph.D. in history from Indiana University in 1999. My areas of specialization are modern Russia and the Soviet Union, as well as the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. My focus has been on the history of education among various ethnic groups living in the Russian Empire between the 1860’s and the beginning of the First World War in 1914. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Russia experienced rapid growth in various school systems and networks across the empire, many of which were run by religious groups (Christian, Jewish, Muslim) and by private school societies. I have studied the development of educational systems for Finns, Estonians, and Germans in St. Petersburg Province and for Volga Germans, Volga Tatars, and various Finnic groups in Saratov and Nizhnii Novgorod Provinces. In addition, I am also interested in how institutions work to help students develop a global mindset, intercultural competence, and interest in global issues. I have been involved for several years with cross-cultural engagement efforts for students, faculty and staff. At the University of Nebraska I work to support all aspects of global engagement, through such strategies as education abroad, support for international students and scholars, development of partnerships with foreign universities and institutions, promoting faculty international research and participation in Fulbright and other professional opportunities, internationalizing the curriculum, and much more.


Preparing to Study Abroad: Learning to Cross Cultures. Sterling, VA: Stylus, 2014.

  • “The Importance of Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad,” in Tammy Milby and Joan Rhodes, eds., Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs (IGI Global, 2015), pp. 73-88.
  • “The Importance of Pre-departure Preparation,” in Patricia Cassiday and Donna Stringer, 52 Activities for Successful international Relocation (Boston: Intercultural Press, 2015), pp. 1-3.
  • “Human Resources in Education Abroad,” in Magnolia Hernandez, Margaret Wiedenhoeft, and David Wick, eds., NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, 4th edition (Washington: NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 2014), pp. 315-329.
  • “Estonia, 1918-2006,” forthcoming in The Supplement to the Modern Encyclopedia of Russian, Soviet and Eurasian history (ed. Bruce Adams. Academic International Press, Gulf Breeze, FL), vol. 9.
  • “Multi-ethnic St. Petersburg: The Tsarist Period,” Preserving Petersburg: History, Memory, Nostalgia, ed. Helena Goscilo and Stephen M. Norris (Indiana University Press, 2008), pp. 142-163
  • “Finnish and Estonian Schools in St. Petersburg Province, 1885-1914: The Successes of Local Initiative,” Nordost-Archiv 9:1 (2001): 209-226.
  • “Estonian School Societies in St. Petersburg Province, 1885-1914,” Journal of Baltic Studies 31:4 (Winter 2000): 358-387. “German Schools in Kamyshin District, Saratov Province, 1895-1896,” Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia 22:2 (Summer 1999): 21-28.
  • “Workshop on Intercultural Learning in Education Abroad” at University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN, May 6, 2016. “Workshop on Intercultural Learning in Education Abroad” at Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, April 24, 2016.
  • “Intercultural Competence Supports Diversity and Inclusion,” at UNMC College of Nursing General Faculty meeting, February 15, 2016.
  • “Intercultural Learning: Why is it Essential in Programs Abroad?,” at Boston Intercultural Skills Conference, Boston College, February 12, 2016.
  • “An Intercultural Development Model, Cultural Values, and Rubrics,” at UNCG Global Engagement Summer Institute, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, May 13, 2015.
  • “Global Learning Workshop,” Drake University, October 10, 2014. “Developing Intercultural Skills, Intercultural Awareness, and a Global Mindset,” Clemson University, July 3, 2014.

Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 1995
B.A. Brigham Young University, 1990


Russia, Soviet Union, Baltic states, modern Europe, History of Education, intercultural learning