Irina Dubinina is an assistant professor of Russian and the Director of the Russian language program at Brandeis University. She has 19 years of experience teaching Russian as a second language, including 10 years of teaching specialized courses for heritage learners. Her research focuses on pragmatic competence of Russian heritage speakers. Dr. Dubinina has participated in the 2nd revision of “Live from Russia” and is currently working on a textbook for heritage learners with a co-author Olesya Kisselev, and on a collection of articles on teaching Russian with co-authors Evgeny Dengub and Jason Merrill. Dr. Dubinina also serves on the Board of Directros for American Council of Teachers of Russian.