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Dr. Jacqueline M. Olich, Associate Director

Office: (919) 962-0355

Fax: (919) 962-2494


Twitter: @jmolich
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Current Role:

Dr. Jacqueline M. Olich is the Associate Director of the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES), Adjunct Professor of History and Curriculum in Global Studies Faculty Affiliate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She teaches and advises in the Curriculum in Russian and East European Studies (RUES), administers the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships awarded through the U.S. Department of Education and coordinates community and campus outreach activities. She is the Center’s point of contact with the Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) and the Fulbright Russian International Education Administrators (RIEA) Program.

In 2012, she led the following projects: Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies and Who “Owns” the Arctic?: An International and Interdisciplinary Conference.


Dr. Olich researches, writes and teaches Russian area studies and the comparative history of childhood and children’s culture. She is the author of Competing Ideologies and Children’s Literature in Russia, 1918-1935 (2009). Additionally, her writing has appeared in The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth, The Encyclopedia of Russian History, Russian History, Journal of MultiMedia History and Slavonica.

Previously, Dr. Olich was Visiting Lecturer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of History. Until 2004 she was a Director for Diba Industries, now she is part of the multinational Halma Technology Group (LSE: HLMA). She also worked as a Consultant to the SAS Institute Educational Technologies Division and as an Instructor in the History Department at Cary Academy.

Dr. Olich received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Lafayette College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of History.

Dr. Olich reviewed grants for DonorsChoose and served on the County of Durham Women’s Commission and the Duke School Academic Program and Curriculum Committee. Recently, she was named to the Advisory Board of BRIDGES, an intensive professional development program for women in higher education.

Dr. Olich in the Media:

Shared Tables Symposium Poses Bold Challenge

Lafayette-Soviet 1980s Exchange

Outreach effort brings Russian language to N.C. middle schools

Speech addresses Potter series stereotypes

Mikhail Gorbachev speaks at Lafayette College in Easton

Carolina’s Engagement with Moldova a Focus of Recent Parliamentarian Visit

UNC Centers Note Successes of Foreign Language and Area Studies Award





Left Picture:

(Left to right) Laurie Patterson (UNC Wilmington); Molly Corbett Broad (President, American Council on Education and former President, University of North Carolina); and Jacqueline Olich at Leading Change: ACE 95th Annual Meeting.


Middle Picture:

(Left to right) Jacqueline Olich; Edward Ahart (Chair, Lafayette Board of Trustees); Joshua Sanborn (professor of History and Chair of Russian and East European Studies at Lafayette); and Mikhail Gorbachev celebrating the Lafayette College Oechsle Center for Global Education. Photo by Chuck Zovko.


Right picture:

(Left to right) Kim Bobby (Director, American Council on Education Inclusive Excellence Group); Jessica Kozloff (President, Academic Search, Inc.); Jacqueline M. Olich; and Lisa Rossbacher (President of Southern Polytechnic State University) celebrating BRIDGES Academic Leadership for Women program, winner of ACE’s State Network Leadership Award.