Andrew Gustafson

Cirriculum Vitae.

Work History:
Researcher, Urban Oyster Tours                              
New York, NY, 9/09 - Present
  • Work part-time conducting research and developing programs for a Brooklyn-based walking tour company
  • Edit and write for the company’s blog, which includes articles about historical and cultural events and sites in the New York City area
  • Create maps and other visual aids for walking tours and website
  • Developed tour program and workbook for 6th graders about the history of the Brooklyn Bridge and transportation in New York harbor, currently developing a tour on the past and present of baseball in Brooklyn
Teaching Assistant, University of Colorado-Boulder                                     
Boulder, CO, 8/06 - 5/09
  • Led discussion sections for introductory and upper-division Geography courses
  • Developed curriculum for sections with professors and other TA’s for classes of up to 500 students
  • Delivered guest lectures in Political Geography
Correspondent, RTR-Sport TV Channel                                  
Moscow, Russia, 7/05 - 12/05
  • Covered live Russian sporting events and produced English-language television content, including doing voice-overs, stand-ups and anchoring segments
  • Developed test broadcasts for cable station Russia Today
  • Worked within an entirely Russian team of reporters, producers and technical staff
Copy Editor, Prime-Tass News Agency                                
Moscow, Russia, 4/05 - 7/05
  • Translated and edited content for a Russian financial newswire service
  • Wrote wire stories for breaking news, provided translation services to company clients
Language Instructor, ABC English School                           
Irkutsk, Russia, 9/02 - 6/03 & 1/05 - 3/05
  • Taught students of all ages in small groups of 5-10 and worked as a private tutor
  • Helped establish satellite school in nearby city of Tulun, where English was not taught in public school system


University of Colorado-Boulder, Department of Geography, Master's Candidate              
Boulder, CO, 2006 - 2009
  • Thesis: “Policing Contemporary Russia: The Geography of Public Protests in Moscow and St. Petersburg”
  • Coursework in political geography, spatial statistics and criminology
  • Elected department graduate student represented (Spring 2009)
Middlebury College, BA                                 
Middlebury, VT, 2000 - 2004
  • Joint Major in Geography and History, Minor in Russian
  • Senior thesis: “Territoriality, Nationalism and the Expansion of Federal Authority: Conducting the First Federal Census in Vermont”
Irkutsk State University, Middlebury School in Russia                     
Irkutsk, Russia, 8/02 - 6/03
Middlebury Russian Language School                             
Middlebury, VT, 6/02 - 8/02

  • Near fluency in written and spoken Russian with 5+ years of coursework
  • Experience as a translator and interpreter
Cartography and Geographic Information Systems
  • Proficient in cartographic software CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience with raster- and vector-based GIS tools, Idrisi and ESRI software
  • Have done freelance cartography work for companies, organizations and individuals

Non-refereed papers
"The Wars in Chechnya and Their Effects on Neighboring Regions," Eurasian Geography and Economics 48(2), 2007, 178-201 [with Olga I. Vendina and Vitaly Belozerov].

Other publications
"Baikal-Amur Mainline Railroad" and "Estonia" in Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture, Smorodinska, T., H. Goscilo and K. Evans-Romaine, eds. Routledge, 2007.

"The Challenges of a Church Merger," Greenline: The North Brooklyn Community News, March 1-31, 2010, p. 15.

"Sporting the Nation," Political Geography guest lecture, University of Colorado-Boulder, April 2009.

"Policing Contemporary Russia: A Legal Geography of Public Protests in Moscow," Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, April 2008.

"'Born in the woods, you have gone back to them': Loneliness and Camaraderie in the Works of Vladimir Arsenyev," Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA, November 2007.

"Territoriality, Nationalism and the Expansion of Federal Authority: Conducting the First Federal Census in Vermont," Rocky Mountain Interdisciplinary History Conference, Boulder, CO, September 2007.

Grants and Awards:
Adopt-a-Graduate Student Award, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2006-2008

Organizations and Affiliations:

WRMC 91.1FM Middlebury College
  • Elected Business Director (2003-04) of student-run radio station
  • Hosted a weekly blues radio show for 3 years and a daily morning talk show for one year
  • Worked as interim General Manager (January 2004)  
Middlebury Debate Society
  • Elected Vice-President (2003-04) and Treasurer (2001-02)
  • Competed in intercollegiate parliamentary debate tournaments across the US, Canada, and the UK
Member, Association of American Geographers, National Slavic Honor Society, Brooklyn Urban Geography Reading Group, Appalachian Mountain Club, Boulder Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association