Andrew D. Kaufman

Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Office Address

PO Box 400783
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4783


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Amherst College
  • Master of Arts (MA), Stanford University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Stanford University

Research Interests

Nationally recognized public humanities scholar and innovator in university teaching; creator and developer of the “Books Behind Bars” program, in which university students lead discussions about classical literature with inmates at a juvenile correctional center in Virginia; author of Give War and Peace a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times (Simon & Schuster, 2014; paperback, 2015) and Understanding Tolstoy (Ohio State University Press, 2011; paperback 2015).

Academic Community Engagement Faculty Fellow, University of Virginia (2009-10): Awarded grant from Office of Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia to develop series of service courses, in which university students will lead discussions about classical literature with residents at Virginia juvenile correctional centers; Board Member, Public Service Advisory Board, University of Virginia (2009-2010); Russian Academy of Sciences Scholars Grant, Tolstoy Museum and Estate, Yasnaya Polyana (2008); Teaching and Research Fellow, Office of the Vice President and Provost, University of Virginia, (2006-2007)