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Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility January 25, 2017

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Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility January 25, 2017

Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facilityRead More

Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility January 25, 2017

Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facility Head of State N. Nazarbayev opened the new Nazarbayev University School of Medicine facilityRead More

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Janet Helmer

Department

Title
Associate Professor
Email
janet.helmer@nu.edu.kz

Simeon Nanovsky

Department

Title
Postdoctoral Scholar
Email
simeon.nanovsky@nu.edu.kz

Anna Graber

Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Title
Assistant Professor
Office
8.402
Email
anna.graber@nu.edu.kz

Anna Graber is a historian of modern and early modern Russia specializing in the scientific culture of the Russian Enlightenment.  She received her Ph.D. in History from Yale University in December 2016.  Before coming to NU, Dr. Graber was a Davis Center Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University.  In addition to her affiliation with NU, Dr. Graber is a Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Primary Source Studies at Ural Federal University in Ekaterinburg, Russia and a Davis Center Associate.

Anna Graber’s work examines the science and technology of the Russian mining industry in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.  During this period, Russia went from being a net importer of metals to Eurasia’s leading producer of iron, copper, and silver.  Using sources including factory records, scientific correspondence, mineral catalogues, maps, folk tales, and metallurgical treatises, Dr. Graber investigates the creation and circulation of mining knowledge across Eurasia from German mining centers to Eastern Siberia.  In the book manuscript she is preparing for publication, Tsardom of Rock: Science, Society, and Enlightenment in Imperial Russia’s Mining Empire, Dr. Graber situates mineralogical study and mining activity in the context of Enlightened reform.  She argues that mines in the Urals and Siberia served as laboratories where wealthy mine owners and state mining officials tested new methods of knowing and governing the Russian Empire.  Dr. Graber is also interested in the Europeanization of Russian elite culture over the course of the eighteenth century, and she researches the theologically charged revolution in Russians’ conception of the earth brought on by engagement with European mineral science.


Olga Potanina

Department
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Languages, Linguistics and Literatures
Title
Instructor
Office
8.510
Email
olga.potanina@nu.edu.kz
Phone
5911
Dr. Olga Potanina is a Linguistics Instructor at the Department of Languages, Linguistics, and Literatures at Nazarbayev University. She holds a PhD degree (“Kandidat Nauk”) in Comparative, historical and typological linguistics received in Tomsk (Russia) in 2007. She received her MA in English Philology and Teaching English and German as foreign languages from Tomsk State Pedagogical University. Dr. Potanina has 19-year teaching experience, 17-year international research experience and she has expertise in teaching Linguistic courses to undergraduate and graduate students. As an active researcher she is successfully incorporating the results of her own research and the latest achievements in linguistic studies into the coursework and is teaching students from her own experience how to collect and analyze language data.

As a graduate student in 2003-2004 she was a Fulbright graduate fellow at the University of New Mexico (USA) where she attended courses in Morphology, Field Linguistics and Grammaticalization and did research under the supervision of one of the leading experts in morphology, phonology and language evolution Prof. Joan Bybee. In 2013 at Western Washington University she attended the course “Nomads of Eurasia” taught by Prof. Edward Vajda, a leading researcher in the field of indigenous studies in Northern and Central Eurasia and North America. She did research and attended seminars at the leading institutions in the field of typology and general linguistics: Max Plank Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (2005), University of Helsinki (2008), University of Leipzig (2010), University of Vienna (2009), Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (2012).

Dr. Olga Potanina’s research interests are in the typological studies of indigenous languages of Siberia, morphology and syntax, language contact, language change, and language documentation.

She has 22 article-size publications and authors two coursebooks for students.

The courses taught:

WLL-131 Introduction to Linguistics.

WLL-277 Language Diversity and Language Universals.

WLL-130 Language and Communication.