Margaret H. Mills, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures

Margaret H. Mills CV

Margaret H. Mills was a Professor of Russian language and linguistics and the former Chair of the Department of Asian and Slavic Languages at the University of Iowa. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan (1985) and her MPH from the University of Iowa (2005). She has spent 30 years studying, consulting, and conducting linguistic and public health field work and research in the Soviet Union and Russia. Her research and major publications to date have been in the fields of cross-cultural Russian pragmatics, pragmalinguistics, and cross-cultural professional communication (Russian - English). Since receiving her MPH in "Community and Behavioral Health" Mills has written extensively in the field of Doctor - Patient Communication in both Russia and the US. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a major Department of Education FIPSE grant ($362,000) working with the Plekhanov Academy of Economics in Moscow to prepare future US advanced-level speakers of Russian to work in the fields of math, science, and global health.

Scholarly and Research Interests

  • Speech act theory and contemporary colloquial Russian
  • Interlanguage pragmatics
  • Russian women's studies
  • Russian public health

Selected Writings

Plenary Presentation at Plekhanov Russian Academy of Economics International Seminar: "Cooperation of Russian Universities and Universities Abroad in Economics and Management Education."(See Attachments)

October 23, 2008   PRAE,  Moscow, Russia

FIPSE grant website

Selected Writings - The Balashika Project.ppt
Selected Writings - Medicina.pdf
Margaret Mills PRAE.ppt

Margaret Mills
Master of Public Health, The University of Iowa, 2005
Ph.D., Slavic Linguistics, The University of Michigan, 1985
M.A., Russian Language and Literature, The University of Iowa, 1979
B.A., Russian Language, The University of Iowa, 1976
Contact Information

638 Phillips Hall (PH)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States