Natalia Lusin is Associate Director of Programs and Head of Research in the Office of Programs at the Modern Language Association. She has worked at the MLA in a research capacity since 1992, and as Associate Director since 2012. She conducts data gathering and data analysis for studies on the modern language field, among them the MLA enrollment census, considered the standard measure of language interest in higher education in the US.
She has co-authored the MLA enrollments reports since 2006, and has given papers on the enrollment census at the MLA convention and at ADFL seminars. As part of a longterm longitudinal study, she tracks and analyzes the number and types of positions in the MLA Job List, the primary source for jobs in the field. She holds a BA in Russian from Queens College, CUNY, and a PhD in Russian literature and language from Columbia University.
"I started out studying Russian literature, and ended up analyzing data on the modern language field. It's proof that you just never know where you'll end up. We in the Programs department of the Modern Language Association are eager to work with a GradFUTURES fellow and to showcase the variety of work that we do."