Olga Medvedkov, Ph.D.

  • B.A. & M.A. Moscow State University, Russia
  • Ph.D. Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Geography

Awards and Recognitions

Winner of the 2010 Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching, the highest recognition bestowed on a Wittenberg faculty member. Recipient of two prestigious Senior Fulbright Scholarships to spend a semester teaching and doing research in Moscow during the 2002-03 academic year and to teach and conduct research in Tbilisi, Georgia in 2009-10. She has also received a grant from National Council for Soviet & East European Research.


Written several dozen articles in professional journals, contributed chapters to numerous books, and published two books on Soviet urbanization and changes in urban and social landscape across post-Soviet space.

Courses Taught

  • WittSem Geography of Globalization
  • GEOG 230 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 250 Geography of Russia and Central Eurasia
  • GEOG 290 Business Geographics
  • GEOG 292 Population Geography
  • GEOG 390 Geographic Information Systems

Conducts research on cities in transition in the post-Soviet realm

Other Interests/Info

Has been a member of the Wittenberg faculty since 1989. Together with RCEP colleague, Gerry Hudson, she has taken students on five research trips to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, the last one being in 2008. Her husband, Yuri Medvedkov, is a professor of geography at the Ohio State University. They have two children, Masha and Michael. Masha is a master student at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, and Mike is working on MBA at Otterbein.

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