Partners in Duluth


  Dan Nolan
  Assistant Professor
  Russian Area Studies Program
  Foreign Languages
  and Literatures
  University of Minnesota Duluth
  Sister Cities Board Member

Dan is an Assistant Professor of Russian and German Studies teaching at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), and occasionally at the Aalto University in Finland. He recently started a Russian Area Studies program at UMD with a focus on media studies and digital culture. His work in literary criticism concentrates on gestures of truthfulness in the emerging publics of Germany and Russia in the 18th and 19th centuries. See online syllabuses, including his course on the Digital Humanities, and many other materials and projects, on his website:

His interests in Digital Culture and Digital Humanities are evident in his recent app development and Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects. Over the course of the upcoming year, he will be developing a COIL model for UMD, based largely on his experience with this Peer-to-Peer Dialogue program.

Together with faculty in the Computer Science, Art + Design and Foreign Languages and Literatures Departments, Dan recently founded the Mobile Language Learning Group. Working with students and faculty from across the campus, this group develops mobile applications that help facilitate language learning. Check out the German Grammar Guide and the forthcoming Russian Grammar Guide on the Apple App store. Dan recently gave another presentation on his work developing apps for language learning environments this past June at the Networks in the Global World Conference in St. Petersburg.

Dan is a board member of Sister Cities International in Duluth. In addition to working with the Petrozavodsk Committee, he also chairs the Thunder Bay Committee. The Russian Area Studies Program at UMD hopes to be able to partner with Sister Cities in this Peer to Peer Dialogue program to enrich undergraduates experiences by exploring possibilities for Social Work and community organizing in an international context. This Peer-to-Peer Dialogue program serves as an unusually powerful example of the value of international and cultural understanding.