Dr. Olga Medvedkov, Division Chair of the East Lake Division of the Association of American Geographers, Professor of Geography, and Member of Russian Area Studies at Wittenberg University, teaches courses in Urban Geography, Population Geography, Business Geographics, Geographic Information Systems, a regional course on the Geography of the Post Soviet Realm, and a special course on Moscow: Urban Development and Local Politics. Dr. Medvedkov is known for bringing innovative technology into her classes. She is a Technology Learning Mentor for faculty at Wittenberg, where she promotes long distance learning.
Dr. Olga Medvedkov became a full-time faculty member at Wittenberg in 1989.
She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees at Moscow State University and her Ph.D. in the Soviet Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geography, in Moscow where she worked before coming to Wittenberg. She held many research positions, a current one being Senior Research Associate at the Mershon Center in The Ohio State University. Dr. Medvedkov has published extensively. Her book, Soviet Urbanization (1990) received excellent reviews. She contributed chapters: "Cities of the former Soviet Union" in Cities of the World (1993) and "Turning Points and Trends in Russia's Urbanization" in Population under Duress (1999). Dr. Medvedkov coauthored a chapter “Russia’s Fragmented Space” in a book Fragmented Space in the Russian Federation, edited by Blair A. Ruble, Jody Koehn, and Nancy E. Popson. Woodrow Wilson Center Press, Washington D.C., 2001.
Dr. Medvedkov delivered an invited paper “Urbanization Trends in Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia During the Recent Decade” at International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change. Germany, Bonn, June 2002.
Dr. Medvedkov has also published numerous articles in professional journals. She has presented papers at national and international professional meetings. Currently she is doing research on Moscow in Transition, which is a part of a bigger project conducted by the UN on Central and Eastern European Cities in Transition. During the Fulbright semester in Moscow she will teach A Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course at The University of Russia’s Academy of Education ( Universitet Rossiiskoy Academii Obrazovaniya, URAO) and will participate in developing the curriculum in the geography department.