NINA BOGDAN         Russian > English Translation

Нина Богдан  - русский на английский перевод 


    Nina Bogdan has worked as a professional Russian/English translator and interpreter since 1984 and is certified by the American Translators Association in the Russian to English language pair. Since January of 2008, she has been working full time as a freelance translator and writer, specializing in legal and business Russian to English translation as well as genealogical research and translation of historical documents. Her book, Russian San Francisco, with co-author Lydia Zaverukha, was published in January of 2010. In 2013, she self-published a book about her family history titled The Desolation of Exile: A Russian Family's Odyssey, now available on Amazon in book or e-book format. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation titled "The Russian Diaspora in San Francisco: Space, Identity, and Memory, 1917-1957."

    From 1984 to 2007, Nina Bogdan worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. During her career, she passed a number of in-house examinations and was promoted to the position of Master Linguist in 1995. In the year 2000, she was promoted to the position of  GS-13 Language Analyst, the top level linguist position in the organization.
    As a Language Analyst, she was responsible for handling all requests for Russian/English translations and interpreting from within the regional field office as well as other field offices, FBI Headquarters, Legal Attachés, and local and federal government agencies. 

    Her work included:

  • Writing analytical reports
  • Translation
  • Interpreting
  • Transcription
  • Liaison assistance
  • Project management and coordination


    Nina Bogdan has translated thousand of documents on a wide variety of topics and has transcribed thousands of hours of recorded material. Areas of expertise include:

  • Law
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Finance
  • Military
  • Telecommunications
  • Journalism 
  • History
  • Literature 

Technical Advisor/Translator at Drachman Institute of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona for project:
"The Russian Orthodox Church in Alaska: Historical Ecclesiastical Landscape Study 1840-1920":
Providing contextual materials for a greater understanding of the intellectual and geographic impact of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Alaskan landscape.

    Research assistant/translator for Robert W. Cherny, Professor emeritus of History, San Francisco State University for his book Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017).

    Translator of Login to Heaven by Nil Ionov. English language version available at

    Nina has been actively involved in genealogical research and has traveled to Russia in connection with this project to collect archival documentation about the Ukhtomskiy and Nazariev families. More

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Russian San Francisco, a photographic history of the Russian community in San Francisco by Nina Bogdan and Lydia Zaverukha, is available at, Amazon, and other book-sellers. 


Nina Bogdan, Ludmila Ershova and Lydia Zaverukha at the
2010 San Francisco Russian Festival


PhD Candidate (ABD), U.S. History, University of Arizona, Tucson;
Dissertation working title (est. completion date Fall 2020): "The Russian Diaspora in San Francisco: Space, Identity and Memory, 1917-1957." 
M.A., History, University of Arizona, Tucson, 2016
M.A., Political Science, University of California, Davis, 1990
B.A., International Relations, San Francisco State University, 1984
B.A., Russian Language and Literature, SFSU, 1984



  • Author of THE DESOLATION OF EXILE: A RUSSIAN FAMILY'S ODYSSEY, now available at Kindle version available at
  • Co-author of RUSSIAN SAN FRANCISCO, an Images of America series book that chronicles the history of the Russian community in San Francisco, published in 2010.
  • Editor of NCTA journal, Translorial (2008-2011). See issues of Translorial at: in the Translorial Archive.
  • Author of "The Long Retreat," published in the March/April 2012 issue of Russian Life magazine (
  • Author or Russian-language articles in Ulyanovsk literary journals Simbirsk and Monomakh (2016-2017).


  • Participated in and advised at a conference presented by the California State Parks Foundation, "Russian Influences in California's History," Hidden Stories Series, September 22, 2011.
  • Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly honoring extraordinary leadership and efforts to preserve the history of the Russians in San Francisco and Fort Ross, May 2010.
  • Award: Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer of the Year from U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida, June 13, 2001
  • Award: Certificate of Appreciation in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, September 26, 2000
  • Numerous Performance Recognition Awards during the course of a 23-year government career


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