Yelena Francis, Ph.D.  Russian Language Faculty

Yelena Francis, Ph.D.

Russian Language Faculty

  • Ph.D., Russian Philology
  • MA, Russian Philology

Dr. Yelena Francis is from St. Petersburg, Russia, and has a PhD in Russian Philology, specializing in Russian Language and Literature. Francis’ teaching experience spans 17 years, including 11 years of teaching Russian Language at all levels, both online and in a classroom. She also has experience teaching subjects related to the Russian Studies program: Russian Culture & Society, Russian Literature, History of Russian Cinematography, and Russian Folklore.

Professional Experience

  • Online Instructor, Adjunct Faculty. Columbia College, MO (2012-Present)
  • Russian Language Instructor online, SOFTS. LLC (2014-2015)
  • Russian Language Instructor. Army Special Forces’ Special Warfare Education Group (SWEG). Fort Bragg, NC. (2011-14)
  • Professor of Russian Studies. Bennett College (2009-2010)
  • Teaching Assistant Professor. ECU (2008-2009)
  • Russian Language Instructor and Faculty Assistant. Washington University of St. Louis (2007-8)
  • Russian Language Teacher. Russian-American School. (2008)
  • St. Louis Community College (2007-2008)
  • Research Associate on Russian Literature. Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences. St. Petersburg, Russia. 2000-2005.

Education & Professional Certifications

  • Ph.D., Russian Philology, The Institute of Russian Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia. 2000
  • M.A., Russian Philology, St. Petersburg State University, Russia. 1987

Scholarly Activity

  • Francis, Yelena, trans. Great Russian Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2013.
  • Francis Y. and Zoya I. Vlasova. Russian Medieval Minstrels–Skomorokhi in Written Sources. Petersburg: Nestor-Istoriya, 2008.
  • *Co-author: Gladkikh, P.F., Bulai, O., and others. Our Discovery of Forgotten War: Military Medical Service before and during the Last War of Imperial Russia. 1906-1917. St. Petersburg: Soyuz Pisatelei Sankt-Peterburga, 1915.
  • Review of Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler with Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson (trans.). Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov. Folklorica, vol. 19, no. 1 (2015)
  • Francis, Yelena. Preface, foreword, introductory articles and commentaries to Great Russian Short Stories of the Twentieth Century: A Dual-Language Book. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2013.
  • “White Night” by Lydia Zinovieva-Annibal.” Bennu, a Literary Magazine, no. 2 (2012): 116-117.
  • Review of Folk Beliefs and their Practice in Medieval Lives. Edited by Ann-Britt Falk and Donata M. Kyritz. (2008). Russian Folklore. Materials and Research, no. 34 (2011): 488-495.