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JOINED THE DEPARTMENT

2010

BIO

Born in Perm, Russia, Svetlana Rasmussen first came to the United States in 2006 as a Fulbright scholar to study American History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Dr. Jeannette Eileen Jones. After defending her M.A. thesis, “‘Searching for Answers, for an Identity, for a Cause to Espouse:’ Ethnic Resurgence in the United States, 1963-1974,” Rasmussen returned to Russia to share her expertise in her home community. In 2010, Rasmussen returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to begin her Ph.D. studies in Russian history with Professor Ann Kleimola. Rasmussen’s dissertation, “Rearing a Collective: Evolution of the Soviet School Values and Practices, 1953-1968,” examines collectives, essential Soviet social groups that organized the Soviet networks of control and surveillance.

Apart from her dissertation research, Rasmussen has collaborated on a variety of digital projects. Currently, Rasmussen is administering her first autonomous digital project: Photoarcheology: Soviet Life in Photographs and Artefacts (http://photoarcheology.org). The project presents amateur and professional photographs from personal collections that recorded the everyday life of people in the Soviet era with thick descriptions of each photograph in English and Russian. Since Spring 2017, Rasmussen has been a volunteer collaborator in Prozhito (http://prozhito.org), a digital archive of personal diaries with most significant holdings of the Russian diaries covering the Russian Civil War and the early Soviet period.

Throughout her career, Rasmussen has assumed a variety of teaching roles. In Perm, she taught English as a foreign language to middle school, high school, and university students. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Rasmussen served as a teaching assistant in a variety of classes offered by the Department of History and the Department of Classics and Religious Studies. Since 2013, Rasmussen has served as a tutor in History and Russian for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Athletics Department.

Both in Perm and in Lincoln, Rasmussen has been involved in a variety of community projects. She has served as a judge for the History Day Nebraska state tournament every year since 2012. Since 2016, Rasmussen has also been a reviewer on the Undergraduate Creative Acts and Research Experience (UCARE) project selection committee. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln UCARE program awards grants to support undergraduate research and creative activity.

Most recently, Rasmussen has presented her research on the evolution of the Soviet secondary school system from 1917 to 1958, origins of the collectives at schools, the analysis of the Soviet school photographic narratives, and the Photoarcheology project at the Graduate Student Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley, the 57th Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society, and the 2017 Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

CURRENT PROJECTS

Dissertation “Rearing the Collective: Evolution of the Soviet School Social Values and Practices, 1953-1968”

Digital Archive "Photoarcheology: Soviet Everyday Life in Photographs and Artefacts" (http://photoarcheology.org)

LANGUAGES
  • Russian - native
  • English - proficient (C2), fluent
  • French - reading
PUBLICATIONS
  • 2018. The Many Faces of the Collective: Poruka, Responsibility, and Requirement in the Soviet Society. Russian History 45, no. 1 (2018), 117-131.
  • 2008. Americanization versus Open Society: Answering the Challenge of Multicultural Education (http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/historyrawleyconference/30/) (Digital Publication)
  • 2006. Thomas Stearns Eliot kak konservativnyi myslitel’ [Thomas Stearns Eliot as a conservative]. In V mire konservatizma: idei, politika, liudi [In the world of conservatism: ideas, politics, people], 103-119. Perm: Perm University Press
  • 2004. O vzaimosviazi gendernykh i natsional’nykh stereotipov i ikh proiavlenii v tekste khudozhestvennogo proizvedeniia [Connection between gender and national stereotypes and their manifestation in fiction texts] in Mezhkulturnaia kommunikatsiia [Intercultural communication], 140-141. Perm: Perm University Press
  • 2004. K voprosu o parametrakh konstruirovaniia lichnosti v virtual’noi real’nosti [On the problem of parameters of personality construction in virtual reality]. In Problemy filologii i prepodavaniia filologicheskikh distsiplin: Materialy otchetnykh konferentsii prepodavatelei, aspirantov, molodykh uchenykh i studentov [Problems of philology and teaching philological disciplines: Reports from conferences of instructors, graduate students, young academics, and students], 80. Perm: Perm State University Press
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
  • Tutor, Athletics Department, University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Fall 2013–present
  • Instructor, Department of English and Intercultural Communication, Perm State University Perm, Russia
    English as a Foreign Language - 2008–2010
  • Teacher, School 77, Perm, Russia
    English as a Foreign Language - 2004–2006, 2008–2010
  • Teaching with Technology Assistant, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Greek Mythology - Fall 2014–Spring 2016
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
    Israel: The Holy Land, Professor Stephen Burnett - Spring 2014
  • Teaching with Technology Assistant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Project: “Enhancing Student Success” - October 2012–December 2012
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    History of the Middle Ages, Dr. Jessica Coope - Fall 2012 
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    History of Sports, Dr. Scott Stempson - Fall 2011
HONORS AND AWARDS

Distinguished Paper Prize, 12th Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Student Conference in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Spring 2017

Teaching Online for Graduate Students Instructional Improvement Travel Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fall 2017

Workshop Participant Honorarium, Graduate Student Workshop 100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences, University of California, Berkeley, October 6-7, 2017

Edward L. Homze Memorial Fund Travel Grant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Fall 2015

Department of History Travel Grant, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Summer 2014

Letter of Appreciation, United States Consulate General in Yekaterinburg, Russia, June 2009

Certificate, recognizing open meetings and presentation of innovations in education during the Regional Ten-Day Methodology Seminar – 2009 of the State University – Higher School of Economics University District “Практика реализации компетентностного подхода в совеременной школе” [Practicing the competence approach in the modern school], April 15-25, 2009

Diploma, winner, “Профи-2009” English Language Teacher Olympiad, educational institutions of the State University – Higher School of Economics University District, April 12, 2009 (among over 90 teachers)

Russian Fulbright Graduate Student Program for Master of Arts degree, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006-2008

SELECTED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
  • “To Build Character and Discipline: Collectives as a Transgressive Educational Technique in the Soviet Secondary School.” Paper presented at 2017 Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), Chicago, November 9, 2017.
  • “Visualizing School Communities: Understanding Soviet School Collectives through Photographs.” Paper presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the History of Education Society at Little Rock, Arkansas on November 5, 2017.
  • “Legacy of Revolution, Legacy of Stalinism: Revolutionary Labor School and Collectives in the Postwar Historiography of Soviet Education.” Paper presented at the Graduate Student Workshop 100 Years Later: The Russian Revolution and its Consequences, University of California, Berkeley, October 6-7, 2017.
  • “Both Work and Family: Exploring the Photo Album of a Soviet City School Teacher, 1963-1973.” Paper presented at the12th Annual James A. Rawley Graduate Student Conference in the Humanities Politics of Exploration: Conflict, Claiming, and Compromise, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, April 2, 2017.
SELECTED RELATED WORK AND SERVICE EXPERIENCE
  • Website developer, Digital Humanities in Slavic Field, an interest group with the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, Fall 2017present
  • Website developer, Childhood in Eastern Europe, Eurasia, and Russia (ChEEER), an interest group with the Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies, Fall 2017present
  • Volunteer, strategy co-developer, and North American representative, Prozhito (prozhito.org), a web archive of personal diaries, Spring 2017present
  • Judge, National History Day, Nebraska State Contest, group website tournament, Spring 2018
  • Reviewer, Undergraduate Creative Acts and Research Experience (UCARE) selection committee, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017-2018 funding cycle
  • Project Manager
    Project: Photoarcheology: Soviet Everyday Life in Photographs and Artefacts (http://photoarcheology.org)
    Description: Online archive of the Soviet-era family photograph albums. Winter 2016–present
  • Judge, National History Day, Nebraska State Contest, group performance tournament. Spring 2015
  • Judge, National History Day, Nebraska State Contest, group website tournament. Spring 2014
  • Research Assistant, Department of History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Project: The History Harvest (http://historyharvest.unl.edu/)
    Responsibilities: Project manager responsible for organizing the digital collections (documents, images, video) from the Nebraska City History Harvest in Omeka Content Management System. Spring 2012
  • Vice-President, Russian Club, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. August 2010–May 2012
  • English Conversation Club Volunteer Co-leader, American Corner of the U.S. Embassy, Perm, Russia. July 2008–June 2010, weekly
CURRICULUM VITAE
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
  • Master of Arts, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, December 2008 
  • Diplom, Philology, Translation, Teaching English Language and Literature, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, June 2004. 
EXPERTISE

Russian Civilization;
Soviet History;
Soviet Education;
Soviet Childhood;
Collectives/kollektivy