Irina Sekerina

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Research Interests

  • Bilingualism, heritage languages, psycholinguistics, language acquisition, sentence processing, the Visual World eye-tracking paradigm, eye movements in reading, Slavic languages, Russian, Bulgarian


  • Ph.D. in Linguistics from The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • M.A. in Linguistics from The Graduate Center, CUNY


Affiliated Campus(es)

  • College of Staten Island

Irina Sekerina grew up in Moscow, Russia, and graduated with B.A. in Linguistics from the Moscow State University. After defending her dissertation, she worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (University of Pennsylvania) and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science.  In 2002, she started at the Department of Psychology at the College of Staten Island and now she is also affiliated with the Ph.D. Programs in Linguistics and Psychology at The Graduate Center.

Irina Sekerina’s research and teaching embraces a strong international perspective. She has active collaborations with the Center for Language and Brain at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia), the Arctic University of Norway at Tromsø, and Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) (Berlin, Germany). Irina Sekerina has taught in multiple international winter and summer schools in St.-Petersburg (Russia), Potsdam (Germany), Groningen (The Netherlands), Singapore, and Shanghai (China).

Awards and Grants

  • 2021 Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2020-2021 American Councils Academic Fellowships in Russia Program (AFR). "Do Heritage Russian-English Bilinguals Predict in Comprehension?"
  • 2016 Fulbright Core Program. "Experimental Psycholinguistics and Bilingualism: Teaching and Research in Norway".
  • 2015 National Science Foundation, Developmental and Learning Sciences, #1451631 "Workshop: Bilingualism and Executive Function: An Interdisciplinary Approach". Organization of a two-day workshop, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • 2013 Language Learning. “Processing of Grammatical Agreement by Russian Children and Heritage Bilingual Speakers.” 
  • 2006 National Science Foundation, Child Research Initiative grant #0518438 “Workshop on On-Line Methods in Children’s Language Processing”. A two-day workshop and publication of a volume resulting from the Workshop, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
  • 2006 National Science Foundation ADVANCE Grant #0137851 “Bilingual Processing and Acquisition in Multidisciplinary Environment”. 
  • 2002 International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Short-Term Travel Grants Program “Psycholinguistic Investigation of Processing Principles in Bulgarian” (collaborative project with the University of Sofia, Bulgaria).

Courses Taught

  • LING 70600 Introduction to Psycholinguistics: Eye-Tracking
  • SPCH 79600 Academic Writing                                          
  • NSM 709 (CSI) Foundations of Cognitive Neuroscience


  • Jegerski, J., & Sekerina, I. A. (2021). The psycholinguistics of heritage languages. In S. Montrul & M. Polinsky (Eds.), Cambridge Handbook of Heritage Languages and Linguistics. Cambridge.
  • Parshina, O., Laurinavichyute, A. K., & Sekerina, I. A. (2020). Eye-movement benchmarks in heritage language reading. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 24(1), 69-82.
  • Jegerski, J., & Sekerina, I. A. (2020). A role of input processing in the acquisition of the differential object marking by heritage Spanish speakers. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 23(2), 274-282.
  • Sekerina, I. A., & Laurinavichyute, A. K. (2020). Heritage speakers can actively shape not only their grammar but also their processing. Bilingualism: Language & Cognition, 23(1), 43-45.
  • Sekerina, I. A., Spradlin, L., & Valian, V. V. (Eds.). (2019). Bilingualism, executive function, and beyond: Questions and insights. Introduction. In Sekerina, I. A., Spradlin, L., & Valian, V. V. (Eds.). Bilingualism, Executive Function, and Beyond: Questions and Insights. (pp. 2-14). John Benjamins.
  • Laurinavichyute, A. K., Sekerina, I. A., Alexeeva, S., Bagdasaryan, K., & Kliegl, R. (2019). Russian Sentence Corpus: Benchmark measures of eye movements in reading in Cyrillic. Behavior Research Methods, 51(3), 1161-1178.
  • Sekerina, I. A. (2017). Slavic psycholinguistics in the 21st C. Journal of Slavic Linguistics. 25th Silver Anniversary, 25(2), 465-489.
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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • College of Staten Island