Dr. Lyosha Gorshkov, who is originally from Russia, joined the Office for Inclusive Excellence in October 2019.
Lyosha holds a PhD in Political Sciences, which he received in 2009 from Perm State University (Russia). Lyosha's academic focus is LGBTIQ+ and gender identities in a multicultural perspective. Lyosha has been engaged with the higher education system for over 15 years, serving as a tenure professor and Deputy Dean for Student Affairs at Perm State University. Most recently, Lyosha taught a class on "Russian Queer Politics" at Indiana University (Bloomington).
Lyosha came to the United States in 2014 seeking asylum from Russia, where he was persecuted as an openly queer professor. Lyosha settled down in New York where he has emerged as a vocal advocate for LGBTIQ+ and immigrant rights, serving as Co-President at RUSA LGBT- Russian-Speaking American LGBTIQ Assocation.
As the Assistant Director for Women's and Pride Centers, Lyosha's goal is to become a bridge between students, faculty and staff with different backgrounds, and to develop the environment of acceptance, mutual respect, understanding, and friendly neighboring.