My primary research interests are in foreign language education, especially performance-based learning outcomes assessment, applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and contemporary Russian film. I have won over $1 million in grants for the development of curricular materials for high school, college, and graduate level Russian courses, including RAILS (Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have given numerous invited lectures and workshops around the US and abroad, have served in leadership positions in professional organizations and on editorial boards, and have won awards for two of my research projects, RAILS and a co-edited volume on the learning and teaching of Slavic languages and cultures.
Co-authored textbook, with Evgeny Dengub (Amherst College) and Susanna Nazarova (Mount Holyoke College).
Expected publication: Georgetown University Press, Spring 2017.
Editors: Evgeny Dengub, Irina Dubinina, Jason Merrill. Co-authored with Benjamin C. Jens and Colleen Lucey. Expected publication date 2017.
(Essay on the relationship between the National Standards in Foreign Language Learning and the Essential Learning Outcomes of the “Liberal Education and America’s Promise” program of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.) Liberal Education 98.3 (Summer 2012): 54-57.
Available online at http://www.aacu.org/liberaleducation/le-su12/rifkin.cfm
Responses to the MLA Report on Foreign Language Education.” ADFL Bulletin 42.1 (2012): 68-75.
Essay reviewing data on learning outcomes in the foreign language field.) NECTFL Review 68 (2011): 13- 27.
Available online at http://nectfl.drupalgardens.com/sites/nectfl.drupalgardens.com/files/201301/Review%2068.pdf
Coauthored with Olga Kagan and Anna Yatsenko (Alsufieva). Yale University Press, 2007.
Slavic and East European Journal 50.1 (2006): 29-44.
Journal of the African Language Teachers Association 7 (2005): 81-104.
Modern Language Journal 89.1 (2005): 3-18
Times of Trenton September 2, 2014
Available online at http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/opinion_for_parents_of_college_students_--_top_10_bits_of_advice.html
UrbanMilwaukee.Com March 4, 2013. An expanded version of essay appearing in InsideHigherEd.Com on November 27, 2012 at the invitation of editor of UrbanMilwaukee.
Available online at http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/03/04/why-we-need-the-liberal-arts/
InsideHigherEd.Com, November 27, 2012.
Available online at http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2012/11/27/why-scott-walkers-focus-pushing-graduates-specific-majors-wrong-essay
AATSEEL Conference, Austin, TX, January 2016.
World Language and Culture Studies Conference, Simpson College, October 2015.
Sewanee University of the South, September 2015.
Presentation for STARTALK Institute for Teachers of Russian, Middlebury College School of Russian, July 2014.
ACTFL Conference, San Diego, November 2015, with co-presenter Benjamin Jens.
NECTFL Conference, Baltimore, March 2013.
AATSEEL Conference, Boston, January 2013.
New York University, May 2013.
Vladimir State University Department of History (lecture given in Russian), March 2013.
Moscow State University (lecture given in Russian), March 2013.
Princeton University, November 2012.
over $100,000 total.