Laura E. Matthews (Christians)

Graduate Student
  • BA in Russian Studies: Russian Culture and History; Summa Cum Laude with Distinction; University of Pennsylvania; 2016; Minor: Urban Education: Policy, Research, and Practice Concentration; Senior Thesis: “Moral Teaching and Teaching Morality: Divergent Perspectives on the Role of Educators in Moral Reform in Late Imperial Russia”


Year Begun: 2016

Research Interests: 

Pedagogical theory and educational reform in 19th century Russia; the role of literature and the literary community in shaping educational discourse and practice; language politics in educational reforms; the image of teachers in literature; the moral responsibility of educators; “Russianness”, national identity, and the purpose(s) of education in 19th century Russia; educational themes in the works of 19th century writers.


Other interests: 

Curriculum design; critical pedagogy; culturally responsive teaching; social justice in the classroom; language pedagogy; migration; refugee rights; dance and ballet.


Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia

Languages: Russian, French, German