Irina Gorbunova-Ford achieved a Doctorates of Philosophy degree in History, which was completed in 2004 at the Khabarovsk State Pedagogical University, Khabarovsk, Russia. Her dissertation research was about the foundation of the Russian Red Cross and history of Russian charity organizations in XIX- beginning XX century in Russia. In addition to teaching classes at William and Mary, she is an associate professor for the history and military history department at the American Military University. She has been working as a faculty member for the higher education system since July 1999, for more than twenty years. She has international teaching experience from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and United States. She has authored more than 45 scientific and teaching publications; including monographs, articles, textbooks. She taught and created programs for several different subjects such as the History of World Civilization, Russian History, and European history in 20 century, Archeology, Ethnography, History of Social Work, History of Management, History of Holocaust, Military History, and Russian Language and Culture.