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Mission

To document the cultural manifestations of the German-speaking minority that lived along the Volga River in Russia from 1764 to 1941 and their descendants.

Board of Academic Advisors

The following have been appointed to the Academic Board of Advisors of the Volga German Institute at Fairfield University.  They will assist Dr. Brent Mai in developing a strategic plan for the Institute.

  • Daniel L. Boxberger, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington
  • Brian J. Els, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, University of Portland, Portland, Oregon
  • Rodney J. Fink, Ph.D., Professor of Agriculture (emeritus), Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois
  • Mila Koretnikov, Ph.D., Lecturer of Cross-Cultural Communication, Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Viktor Krieger, Ph.D., Lecturer of Eastern European History, Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Lori Kruckenberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Musicology, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon
  • René Krüger, Ph.D., Th.D., Professor of New Testament, Instituto Universitario ISEDET, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dona Reeves-Marquardt, Ph.D., Professor of German (emerita), Texas State University, Austin, Texas
  • Richard McGregor, Ph.D., Professor of Music (emeritus), University of Cumbria, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  • Tatjana Plokhotnjuk, Ph.D., Professor of History, North-Caucasus Federal University, Stavropol, Russia
  • J. Otto Pohl, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan
  • LaVern J. Rippley, Ph.D., Professor of German, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
  • Richard D. Scheuerman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington
  • Eric J. Schmaltz, Ph.D., Professor of History, Northwestern Oklahoma State University, Alva, Oklahoma
  • Russell C. Schnell, Ph.D., Atmospheric Scientist, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Boulder, Colorado
  • Takeo Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Economics (emeritus), Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan
  • William M. Wiest, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus), Reed College, Portland, Oregon