Irina Karmanova

Lecturer in International Affairs
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Irina Karmanova is a Public Affairs Officer in Bureau of Global Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Her office strives to maintain an ongoing dialogue with the American public about the important value of diplomacy and its tangible impact on American lives by connecting the State Department with domestic audiences, and engaging the American people directly, through a variety of outreach activities that advance foreign affairs work at home and abroad. Irina is a recipient of three Meritorious Honor Awards and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program. 

Irina’s previous Department of State experience includes the Office of Nordic and Baltic Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs; the Office of Press and Public Diplomacy in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs; the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues; and the Office of International Visitors in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Irina’s international experience includes assignments in the Public Affairs Sections of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine; the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata, India; the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia; and the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Irina's non-State Department experience includes the National Archives and Records Administration and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. 

Irina holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Russian Language and Literature, and a Master’s degree in Global Communication, from the George Washington University in Washington, DC -- where she currently works as a part-time faculty member leading a Master's Global Capstone course on U.S. foreign policy and global interests. In her spare time, Irina enjoys travel, photography, attending cultural events, yoga, and painting.