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
  • James R. Nattinger Endowed Fellowship, Department of Applied Linguistics, Portland State University
"Investigating the Needs of Foreign Language Learners of Tuvan", Journal of Language, Identity & Education, DOI: 10.1080/15348458.2020.1791714

Department Member Since 2020