Briggs, BA 2013

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:39 -- Carey Carothers

From the very first day of Russian 1010 as a wide-eyed and clueless first year Russian student, I knew I was hooked. Russian is a language that is as multi-layered and interesting as the people and culture from which it emanates. The early days were hard work (though as were the later days!), but the wonderful professors and students around me kept me learning and exploring. Russian became a constant in my 8 semesters, even as everything around me changed. The department worked to accommodate my passion for Russian with my demanding Commerce schedule.

Baird, BA 2013

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:38 -- Carey Carothers

"During the end of my junior year in high school and after three discouraging years of German I was encouraged by the Russian language teacher to enroll in Russian 101 my senior year. Against all advice from my parents I enrolled and soon discovered that my tongue was meant to speak Russian. Shortly after high school I spent two years (2005-2007) in Ukraine as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My work there brought me very close to the people there.

Lacoss, Ph.D. 1997

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:34 -- Carey Carothers

Jann’s dissertation, “Contemporary Russian Chlidlore: Coping with Change and Dissolution” was followed by a chapter on the folklore of Harry Potter, in The Ivory Tower and Harry Potter: Perspectives on a Literary Phenomenon. She now serves as Associate Director of Admissions at Caltech, where she oversees international admissions for undergraduates. She continues to collect folklore and as a folk artist has crocheted pi to about 30 decimal points.

Johnson-Coleman, M.A. 2002

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:33 -- Carey Carothers

Sasha is currently an assistant professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA, teaching mostly linguistics and research and methods courses. After graduating from the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature, she earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics with a concentration of Sociolinguistics and Language Variation from the University of Georgia in 2008. Her research interests include language and identity, language and education, language and the workplace, and critical discourse analysis. She is married and has a son.

Bowers, BA 2002, M.A. 2004

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:30 -- Carey Carothers

Katia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Central, Eastern & Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She teaches Russian and comparative literature and culture. After finishing her MA in Slavic Languages and Literature in 2004, she continued her graduate studies at Northwestern, where she completed her PhD in 2011 with a specialization in Russian literature. From 2012-2014, Katia was a postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow of Darwin College.

Myers, M.A. 2010

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:29 -- Carey Carothers

After graduating with an M.A. in Slavic Languages and Literatures in spring of 2010, Holly studied at the London School in Bishkek, Kazakhstan in the summer of 2010 on her own. She studied at KIMEP in Almaty, Kirghiz Republic, 2010-2011 through ACTR. She is currently a Ph.D.-track graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University. She has not not decided on a dissertation topic, but her research interests include Central Asian literature, zhenskaya proza, and contemporary Russian literature.

Franklin, M.A. 2010

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:28 -- Carey Carothers

Erin is working toward her Ph.D. in Slavic linguistics at the University of Chicago. Her main language is Russian; Polish is secondary. Her current area of interest is language contact.

Lyles, Ph.D. 2011

Fri, 2016-02-12 15:26 -- Carey Carothers

John Lyles completed his dissertation, entitled "Confronting the Shadow: The Depiction of Caucasians in Russian Literature and Film" in 2011. He is currently at The College of William and Mary teaching second-year Russian and Dostoevsky. He is continuing his research on Dostoevsky's Poor Folk and on the depiction of Caucasians in Russian literature and film.


Fri, 2016-02-12 13:28 -- Carey Carothers

M.A. Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia; Humanitarian Profile (Summa Cum Laude), American College of Sofia, Bulgaria; B.A. Russian Area Studies (Magna Cum Laude), Washington and Lee University

Research Interests: Slavic folklore (fairy tales, myths, legends, art, traditions, holidays, dances), Nina Sadur, Russian Modernism, Pushkin and classical mythology, Karamzin, Nabokov’s space organization, Bulgarian and Russian purge literatures


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