20 Years After The Berlin Wall....
Margaret H. Mills is a Professor of Russian language and linguistics and the former Chair of Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Iowa. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1985 and her Master in Public Health from the University of Iowa in 2005. She has spent 30 years studying, consulting, and conducting research and grant activities in the Soviet Union and Russia.
Her research and major publications to date have been in the fields of cross-cultural Russian pragmatics, pragmalinguistics,  Russian gender linguistics, Russian health care, and women’s health. Her course work at Iowa includes such recent courses as Advanced Russian, Post-1989 Women in Central and Eastern Europe, Russia Today (general education course), Women in Russian Society, and Russian Health Care Reforms.
Mills serves as Principal Investigator for a $360,000 Russian Ministry of Education – US Department of Education FIPSE grant (2007 – 2010) and a major Fulbright-Hays grant (2010 – 2011) to promote advanced language proficiency  in Russian based on the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) certification requirements. This current collaborative International Programs Major Projects conference is the culmination of her long-time work with colleagues Irina Kostina and Jitka Sonkova.