Ashley Squires, Ph. D. ~ Director

Laura Squires Favorites 0012 copyAshley Squires is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at the New Economic School, where she teaches Advanced College Writing and courses in American culture, such as "Religion and the Making of Modern America" and "Unreal City: Urban Environments in Literature and Film." Ashley received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and began teaching at NES in 2013. Her research and teaching are inspired by writing pedagogy, American literature, Western religion, and the medical humanities. Her book project, Healing the Nation: Literature, Progress and Christian Science, which was published by Indiana University Press in 2017, investigates the impact of Christian Science on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century American literature. Her articles appear in Nineteenth-Century LiteratureArizona Quarterly, American Literary Realism, Studies in the Novel, Book History, and Literature Compass

Michael Endick ~ Consultant

Michael Endick Petersburg Pic Square and ZoomedMichael Endick is a third-year law student currently on leave from the Boston University School of Law. Michael has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley and is broadly interested in political economy, international finance, and administrative law in the United States. Michael is also a practitioner of tarot and enjoys spending spare time playing video games and tabletop role-playing with friends

Lionel Pengilley ~ Consultant

Lionel 2Lionel is from Australia and is currently enrolled as a Master's student at HSE, studying in the "Politics, Economics and Philosophy" programme. He is a native English speaker whose prior education includes a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics. The areas where Lionel is strongest are in economics and business.


Anton Tereschuk ~ Peer Consultant

unnamedAnton Tereshchuk is a student of BAE’20 and started working for the WCC in February 2019. His studies also included an academic exchange in Erasmus School of Economics in the Netherlands. Anton is eager to help you with your academic assignments, assist you with writing a CL or a CV to leading companies and advise you about your career. He also has experience of preparing for case interviews and can easily share his skills.
Outside of work Anton participates in Russian Intellectual Games competitions, as well as competitions in parliamentary debating. Moreover, he is fond of history and enjoys traveling.

Maxim Chupilikin ~ Peer Consultant


IMG 3121I am a third-year student in the HSE-NES Bachelor's program. I have participated in the multiple debate schools and won several debate competitions — happy to be the devil’s advocate on any topic you want to discuss or work on your public speaking. My favorite type of coursework is the essay — especially if it is in the field of social sciences — so I will enjoy helping to strengthen and polish your argument. If you want to practice English and happen to be interested in politics — time is the only limit, as I love politics and had an internship in the Carnegie Moscow Center think-tank.

Ekaterina Semenova ~ Consultant

ЕС фотоEkaterina Semenova graduated from Russian State Social University with a degree in linguistics and interpreting and currently teaches “General and Business English” to MA students at NES. She holds a number of Cambridge language certificates and a Certificate for Teaching Business English FTBE LCCI. Ekaterina obtained a Fulbright scholarship in 2011-2012 and spent an academic year at Brandeis University, Boston, US, which was subsequently followed by a language scholarship for studying Hebrew and Jewish culture at Middlebury University, Vermont, US. She also worked for the subsidiary of the state company Rosatom which gave her an immense outlook on how a huge state business works. All together these experiences created a broader understanding of her own and foreign cultures enabling her to incorporate this understanding into more fulfilling and engaging language training courses specifically in the business and financial fields. Her interests lie in the areas of history of languages, Germanic linguistics and mythology, logotherapy and psychology of emotions.

Maria Dolbunova ~ Consultant

Dolbunova Maria100210Maria Dolbunova earned a M.A. degree in Linguistics and Teaching from Moscow State Linguistic University and a M.A. degree in International Policy Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies (Ca, USA). Besides English she has taught courses on International Negotiations and Cross Cultural Communications at the Diplomatic Academy for the Ministry of Foreign Relations, Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations (MGIMO University), Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics and Moscow College of International Economic Relations. The experience of working in non-profit and corporate fields has influenced her approaches to teaching. Her interests include cross cultural differences, international education, and business communications, as well as philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.

Irina Simpson, Ph.D. ~ Consultant

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Irina Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Languages at NES.  After graduating from the English department of the Moscow State Pedagogical University in Moscow, Irina studied, conducted research, and taught foreign languages and literature at several universities in the US and Germany (California State University Long Beach, University of Virginia, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Mannheim Universität and others). In 2012 Irina received her Ph.D. in German from the University of Virginia. She is also the holder of several research and study grants, such as Baden-Württemberg Scholarship, DAAD Scholarship, Lynne and Harry Bradley Foundation Fellowship, AATG-German Quarterly Graduate Student Paper Award, etc. Irina has been working at NES since 2012 where she has taught comparative literature, culture, English, and German language classes both in the MA and BA programs.