Randall J. Rowe II is the Assistant Professor of Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies - Annual Adjunct in the Department of Asian, East European and German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He was the Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian and the Instructional Lead for the UC STARTALK program in Russian language from 2021-2023. He comes from the PhD program in Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at The Ohio State University. He defended his dissertation "Mediated Social Hierarchies and Gender & Sexuality in the Russian Federation" in 2023. He has a BA from Michigan State University and MAs from New York University and The Ohio State University. His areas of expertise are Cultural studies, Gender and Sexuality studies, Russian and Polish literature, film and media.