- Associate Professor:Institute of Education / Department of Educational Programmes
- Elena Minina has been at HSE since 2015.
Education and Degrees
University of Oxford
Kuusinen Petrozavodsk State University
Elena Minina is an Associate Professor with The Institute of Education, Higher School of Economics-Moscow (HSE), specialising in comparative education and policy studies. Elena's academic interests include neoliberalism and education, educational inequality, post-Soviet educational transformation, and educational choice and the role of cultural narratives in it. Elena serves as head of the Institute of Education graduate seminar and as chief editor of the HSE English-langiage prepring in the 'Education' series.
Elena has worked and done research at a number of world-class educational institutions, including Oxford University, the University of California-Berkeley, the European University-St.Petersburg, and Aleksanteri Institute-Helsinki. She has also conducted fieldwork in various cross-cultural environments, including Russia, the US, the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the academia, Elena served as Education Adviser with the American Councils for International Education designing and administering US Department of State-sponsored academic programmes.
Elena serves as head of the Institute of Education weekly graduate seminar. She also teaches a graduate foundation course titled 'Research Methods in Educational Studies'.
Minina, E. (2018). ‘Money versus the soul: Neoliberal economics in the education modernisation reform of post-Soviet Russia.’ Journal of Globalisation, Societies and Education, DOI: 10.1080/14767724.2018.1456322
Minina, E. (2016). ‘Quality revolution in post-Soviet education in Russia: From control to assurance?’ Journal of Education Policy, 31 (6), pp. 1-22
Minina, E., Piattoeva, N., Centeno, V., Xingguo, Helena Dobrochinski Candido (forthcoming in 2018). ‘Transnational policy borrowing and national interpretations of educational quality in Russia, China and Brazil’ In Silova, I. & Chankseliani, M. (Eds.) Comparing Post-Socialist Transformations: Education in Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union. Oxford Studies in Comparative Education.
Minina, E. (2016). ‘Post-socialist neoliberal? Education reform in Russia as a socially interpreted process.’ In Mustajoki, A., & Lehtinsaari, K. (Eds.) Russian Modernisation: Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, 102-117
Minina, E. (2014) ‘Why doesn’t the telephone ring? Reform of educational standards in Russia.’ InterDisciplines: Journal of History and Sociology, 5(2), pp. 1-44
Minina, E. (2010) ‘The Unified National Test for student admission to higher education in Russia: A pillar of modernisation?’ In Johnson, D. (Ed.) Politics, Modernisation and Educational Reform in Russia: from Past to Present. Oxford: Oxford Studies in Comparative Education, 100-121
Minina, E. (2014) ‘Why do Russians support intervention in Ukraine?’ Al Jazeera Op-Ed, March 29, 2014. www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/why-do-russians-support-interv-2014328174257483544.html
Minina, E. & Repnikova, M. (2014) ‘Sochi 2014: Celebrating authoritarianism.’ Al Jazeera Op-Ed, 8 February, 2014. www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/02/sochi-2014-celebrating-authorit-201427143648244901.html
E. Minina, Repnikova, M. (2013) ‘The Putin-Khodorkovsky dichotomy: The media got it all wrong.’ Al Jazeera Op-Ed, 29 December, 2013. www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/12/putin-khodorkovsky-dichotomy-media-got-it-all-wrong-2013122884912569341.html
- Preprint Minina E. ‘Formalizing the unformalizable’: Discursive resistance to Unified State Examination by the teacher community / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series EDU "Education". 2019.
- Article Minina E. Money versus the soul: neoliberal economics in the education modernisation reform in post-soviet Russia // Globalisation, Societies and Education. 2018. P. 1-18. doi
- Article Minina E. Quality revolution in post-Soviet education in Russia: From control to assurance? // Journal of Education Policy. 2017. Vol. 32. No. 2. P. 176-197. doi
Elena Minina is an Associate Professor with The Institute of Education, Higher School of Economics-Moscow (HSE), specialising in Russian studies and comparative education worldwide. Dr. Minina holds a DPhil (PhD) from the University of Oxford with a doctoral research on cultural variations in neoliberal modernisation reform. Elena has previously worked and done research at a number of world-class educational institutions, including Oxford University, the University of California-Berkeley, the European University-St.Petersburg, and Aleksanteri Institute-Helsinki. She has also conducted fieldwork in various cross-cultural environments, including Russia, the US, the UKб Scandinavia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to the academia, Elena served as Education Adviser with the American Councils for International Education designing and administering US Department of State-sponsored academic programmes.
San Francisco, the U.S. has recently welcomed a superb cohort of international researchers, institutional leaders and policymakers to engage in multi-prism discussions on the role of education in the Global Sustainability Agenda as part of the 63rd annual Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Conference. A team of 16 experts from IOE representing the Institute’s various R&D units and dimensions of expertise traveled to San Francisco this year to speak at CIES 2019.
In July 2017, the HSE Institute of Education welcomed its first international summer school Inequality of Educational Opportunities. Organized by the IOE International Laboratory for Education Policy Analysis, this venue aimed to promote best-practice approaches to inequality research through multi-dimensional academic debate and learning about today’s advanced methodology in social data analysis.
On March 5–9, 2017, the U.S. city of Atlanta, Georgia hosted the 2017 Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES). Seeking the most diverse engagement in the venue’s multiple opportunities for expertise exchange, debate, and academic networking, a representative team of experts with IOE’s leading research & advisory centres took part in this year’s CIES event. Presentations were given by Isak Froumin, Oleg Leshukov, Elena Minina, Pavel Sorokin, Zumrad Kataeva, Martin Carnoy, Tatiana Khavenson, and Andrey Zakharov.
The largest British academic publishing house “Routledge” has recently published a book, comprised by the articles written by expert international contributors, dubbed “Philosophical and Cultural Interpretations of Russian Modernisation”. One of its chapters was written by Assistant Professor of the Institute of Education Elena Minina. It is called “Post-Socialist Neoliberal? Education reform in Russia as a socially interpreted process”.