Carnegie Mellon University

Rossina Soyan

Rossina Soyan

Education: MA Portland State University, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages; MA (kandidat nauk) Lomonosov Moscow State University, Comparative Linguistics; Specialist Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University, Translation Studies


I started my PhD program at Carnegie Mellon in the fall of 2020. I hope to graduate in the spring of 2024. My undergraduate degree came from Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University (2010). I have two MA degrees - a degree in Comparative Linguistics from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2013) and a degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Portland State University (2020). My research interests are reading in a second language, writing in a second language and indigenous languages of the Russian Federation (in particular, Tuvan). I have been teaching Russian as a foreign language in the US since 2015 when I was invited to Brandeis University as a teaching assistant via the Fulbright program.

  • Reading in a second language
  • Writing in a second language 
  • Indigenous languages of the Russian Federation
  • Elementary Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • 2023 Graduate Student Research Support Grant
  • National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations & National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages
  • James R. Nattinger Endowed Fellowship, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University
  • Kisselev, O., Soyan, R., Pastushenkov, D., Merrill, J. (2022). Measuring writing development and proficiency gains using indices of lexical and syntactic complexity: Evidence from longitudinal Russian learner corpus data. The Modern Language Journal, 106 (4), 798-817.
  • Kohen, H., Sadovina, I., Dzyadevych, T., Charter, D., Gomboeva, A., Grenoble, L. A., Kantarovich, J., & Soyan, R. (2021). Teaching and learning indigenous languages of the Russian Federation. Russian Language Journal, 71 (3), 89-115. DOI: 
  • "Investigating the Needs of Foreign Language Learners of Tuvan", Journal of Language, Identity & Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2020.1791714

Department Member Since 2020