Aleksei Rumiantsev is a Ph.D. Student in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.
Born and raised in the Chuvash Republic of the Russian Federation, Aleksei is a native speaker of Chuvash, the only survivor of the Oghur branch of Turkic languages. In 1994-95 he studied in the North Harrison High School (Ramsey, IN) as a FLEX exchange student. He graduated with an MA in TEFL from the Chuvash State Teachers' Training University in 2000. For over 15 years he worked for the US Embassy in Moscow as an interpreter/translator. He is mainly interested in the study of the self-identity in indigenous minorities. His broader research interests include language politics, language shift and endangerment.