About

Svetlana Rasmussen, Ph.D.,  is an adjunct instructor in World History at the University of Guam. Rasmussen has defended her dissertation “Rearing the Collective: Evolution of the Soviet School Values and Practices, 1953 -1968” in Fall 2019. 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 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 organized a pre-conference workshop on Prozhito at the ASEEES 51st annual convention in 2019 and 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 ASEEES Annual Convention.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2019

Master of Arts, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2008

Diplom, Philology, Translation, Teaching English Language and Literature, Perm State University, Perm, Russia, 2004.

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

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