Director of the Competence Center, Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages and Communicative Technologies NUST MISIS
Former Vice-Rector of Academic Affairs, National University of Science and Technology (2009-2020)
He earned his PhD from the University of Minnesota, focusing on Russian Studies, particularly the history of Soviet Russia. For several decades he worked at the University of Northern Iowa, first as an assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in the Department of History and then as director of International Programs.
Dr O'Connor has published a number of scholarly books, articles, and book reviews on Russian history and has given numerous interviews both in Russia and abroad on Russian higher education. He was awarded honorary professorships at A.I. Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg in 1992; the International University in Moscow in 2000; the Moscow State Institute of Steel and Alloys in 2002; and the Moscow State Linguistics University in 2003.
Dr O'Connor first travelled to Russia in 1975 and thus has been associated with Russian institutions of higher education, primarily in Moscow and St Petersburg, for forty-five years. Most of this experience has been based on his long-term involvement with American councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS- an educational organization established in the mid-1970s for the purpose of promoting Russian Studies in the US and Administering academic exchanges at all levels between Russia and the US.