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." This is her third year at NES. Ashley received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012. 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 Arizona Quarterly, American Literary Realism, Studies in the Novel, Book History, and Literature Compass

Matthew Overstreet, Ph.D ~ Acting Director

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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. Also, he has
experience of preparing for a case-interview 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

Maxim Chupilikin ~ Peer Consultant


IMG 3121Debates, essays and discussing politics. I am a third-year student in the HSE-NES bachelor
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 coursework is 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.

Bart Alting ~ International Intern

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Bart Alting is a recent graduate of Leiden University in the Netherlands who studied international relations and Russian and Eurasian studies. His interests include (suprise) anything to do with international relations or the politics, economics, and culture of Russia. He has extensive experience in writing research papers in English and will be glad to help students with their writing. Students can also drop by just to have a chat. His hobbies include travelling, playing guitar, and reading. 

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.

Georgiy Uzkikh ~ Peer Consultant

image2Georgiy Uzkikh is a third-year undergraduate student (BAE’19). He likes to help people, and he has 2.5 years of experience of working at a school. Georgiy is ready to discuss your essays, CV, CL and other writing issues. In addition, he can explain how to structure your ideas that you want to write, but don’t know how to phrase. In his free time, he enjoys reading books and whitewater canoeing.

Maria Bognat ~ Peer Consultant

image1 copyI am currently a HSE-NES BAE student and I started my work as a WCC Peer Consultant in September 2017. This job offers me a chance to work with students and to help them develop their English skills. In addition to this, there are a lot of people from different parts of the world both working and studying here, each with his/her own unique life experiences, so it is a perfect place to get to know some cultural features, which is one of my spheres of interest.

Moreover, I am keen on working with school students and have successfully prepared them for final school exams in English Language and Maths as a private tutor. I like to see the results of my work: children become so happy when they get high grades! That is why I am here: to help you develop your writing and speaking skills in order to become a competent professional in your field of study.

Actually, the position of Peer Consultant includes teamwork: we work on your writing assignment, resume, cover letter, essay etc. TOGETHER. I hope to be helpful for you!

Maxim Alekseev ~ Peer Consultant

Maxim Alekseev (NES BAE'19) is an English-language enthusiast with a broad exposure to academic writing and communication. He has a history of applying to educational programs in the UK and the US, and has successfully studied at leading UK universities. He has consistently received excellent scores on standardized language tests such as TOEFL, SAT, GRE, and CEFR Cambridge. Maxim is eager to discuss linguistic nuances, as well as foundational issues of English grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation.

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 Kuznetsova, Ph.D. ~ Consultant

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Irina Kuznetsova is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Chair of the English department 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.