• Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics, The Ohio State University, 2005
  • M.A. in Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 1998
  • B.A. and M.A. in Bulgarian Philology, Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1997

Previous Employment

  • Associate Professor of Russian, Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures. University of New Mexico (2016-2023)
  • Assistant Professor of Russian, Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, University of New Mexico (2008-2016)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian, Department of Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, University of New Mexico (2007-2008)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Slavic Linguistics, Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University (2006-2007)


  • Slavic linguistics
  • Heritage language linguistics
  • Psycholinguistic approaches to Slavic morphology and syntax
  • Linguistic and cognitive aspects of language acquisition
  • Slavic diasporas in the U.S.




To appear. Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Laleko, O., Meir, N., Mitrofanova, N., & Rodina, Y. The Acquisition of Gender in Slavic Languages, In N. Schiller & T. Kupisch (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Classifiers. Oxford University Press

To appear. Ivanov, A., & Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Slavic psycholinguistics: A state-of-the-art. In Unity and Division in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Sofia University

2024. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. & I. Sekerina. Psycholinguistics and language acquisition. In D. Šipka and W. Browne (Eds.). The Cambridge Handbook of Slavic Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.

2023. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Heritage languages. In M. Greenberg (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Slavic Languages and Linguistics Online. Leiden: Brill Publ.

Under revision. Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Meir, N., & Sekerina. I. Fine-grained differences in gender-cue strength affect predictive processing in children: Cross-linguistics evidence from Russian and Bulgarian

2022. Ivanova-Sullivan, T., I. Sekerina, D. Tofighi, & M. Polinsky. Language-internal reanalysis of clitic placement in heritage grammars reduces the cost of computation: Evidence from Bulgarian. Languages 7(24): 1-17.

2021. Shkireva, A. and T. Ivanova-Sullivan. Review of ‘Rodnaya Rech’, an introductory course for heritage learners of Russian by I. Dubinina and A. Kisselev. Heritage Language Journal 18(1): 1-6.

2020. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. & E. Wilkinson. Introduction to the Special Issue on Lesser-Studied Heritage Languages, Heritage Language Journal 17(2), i-v

2019. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Heritage Russian in the USA and the new type of pluricentricity in the context of immigration. In A. Mustajoki, E. Protassova, & M. Yelenevskaya (Eds.). The Soft Power of the Russian Language, pp. 223-236. Routledge

2019. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. & I. Sekerina (2019). Distributional regularity of cues facilitates gender acquisition: A contrastive study of two closely related languages. In M. Brown & B. Dailey (Eds.) Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development, 311-323. Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.

2019. Gorton, L. & T. Ivanova-Sullivan. The linguistic and cultural history of wine in Slavic. In J. Pennington, V. Friedman, and L. Grenoble (Eds.). And Thus You Are Everywhere Honored: Studies Dedicated to Brian Joseph, pp. 125-137. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishers.

2019. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Acquisition of clitics in Heritage Bulgarian in the USA: Initial variability and reduction of optionality. Linguistique Balkanique 58(1): 19-28.

2019. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. The immigration experience in the classroom and beyond: A model for active social involvement. Pedagogika 91(2): 212-221.

2018. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Referential and relational coherence in heritage Russian narratives. In S. Bauckus & S. Kresin (eds.), Connecting Across Languages and Cultures: A Heritage Language Festschrift In Honor of Olga Kagan, 173-190. Bloomington, IN: Slavica Publishders.

2018. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Review of ‘Bulgarian Grammar’ by R. Nicolova, Berlin: Frank and Timme GmbH. 2017. Journal of Slavic Linguistics 26(2): 335-344.

2017. Zagrai, E., Ivanova-Sullivan, T., Meier, I., Patterson, L., & Shkireva, A. Teaching and learning Russian language and culture in New Mexico (In Russian). Russian Language Abroad. Special issue on Russian Studies in the USA: pp. 9-15.

2014. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Interpretation of anaphoric subject pronouns in heritage Russian. In R.T. Miller, K.I. Martin, C.M. Eddington, A. Henery, N. Marcos Miguel, A. Tseng, A. Tuninetti, & D. Walter (eds.), Selected Proceedings of the 2012 Second Language Research Forum: Building Bridges Between Disciplines, 145-154. Cascadilla Proceedings Project.

2013. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. & Shimberg, S. Electronic inter-cultural communication. In E.B. Dvoretskaja (ed.), Translation, Language, Culture, 21-29. St. Petersburg: Leningrad State University.

2012. Hashamova, Y. & Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Bulgarian crime fiction: From artistry to arbitrariness. Balkanistica 25: 121-146

2010. Taseva, L. & Ivanova-Sullivan, T. A Project for Digital Corpus of Slavic Lexical Variants in Translated Texts of the 14th Century. In: A. Miltenova and C. Vakarelijska (eds.), Bulgarian-American Dialogues, 408-420. Sofia: Academic Publishing House “Prof. Marin Drinov”

2008. Isurin, L. & Ivanova-Sullivan. T. Lost in between: The case of Russian Heritage speakers. Heritage Language Journal 6.1: 72-104

2005. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Discourses on Reading in the Tradition of Slavia Orthodoxa: Distribution and Function. In M. Dimitrova, P. Petkov, & I. Hristova (eds.), Studia palaeoslavica. Vol. 2, 103-108. Sofia: Heron Press.

2005. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. Interpreting Medieval Literacy: Learning and Education in Slavia Orthodoxa and Byzantium in the 9th-12th centuries. In R. Begley & J. Koterski (eds.), Medieval Education, 50-68. New York: Fordham University Press.


Edited volumes and special issues

To appear. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. & O. Laleko (eds.). Special Issue on Heritage Russian Bilingualism Across the Lifespan, Languages.

2020. Ivanova-Sullivan, T. and E. Wilkinson (eds.) Special Issue on Lesser-Studied Heritage Languages, Heritage Language Journal, 17(2)

2006. Ivanova, T., Sims, A. and Whiting, M., eds. Working Papers in Slavic Studies, vol. 6: Proceedings of the Second Graduate Colloquium on Slavic Linguistics. Columbus, OH



Teaching areas

  • Heritage Speakers
  • Slavic Languages
  • Linguistic Landscapes
  • Immigration: Languages and Cultures
  • Balkan Languages and Cultures


  • Teaching and Learning of Heritage Languages
  • Languages of Los Angeles
  • Intro to Slavic Languages
  • Introduction to Eastern Europe and Eurasia