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Olga Voronina (Director)
Assistant Professor of Russian

B.A., M.A., Herzen University, St. Petersburg, Russia; Ph.D., Harvard University. Research topics include ideological paradigms of Soviet political, media, and literary discourse of the Cold War; relationship between rhetoric of power and language of literature in totalitarian societies; Soviet and post-Soviet children’s literature; visual poetics of Vladimir Nabokov; Poem Without a Hero by Anna Akhmatova. Translator, editor, with Brian Boyd, Letters to Vera: Vladimir Nabokov's Correspondence with His Wife, 1923–1976 (Knopf/Penguin, 2013). Director, Information Resource Center, U.S. Consulate General, St. Petersburg, Russia (2001–04); deputy director, St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum (1998–2001). At Bard since 2010.


Jonathan Becker
Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies

B.A., McGill University; D. Phil., St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Specialization in Soviet, Russian, and Eastern European politics; media and politics. Taught at Central European University, University of Kiev Mohyla Academy, Wesleyan University, Yale University. Author of Soviet and Russian Press Coverage of the United States: Press, Politics and Identity in Transition (1999; new edition, 2002). Articles in European Journal of Communication, Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly, Slovo, among others. Director, Global and International Studies Program; Academic Director, Bard Program on Globalization and International Affairs. (2001– )
Phone: 845-758-7378


Jonathan P Brent
Visiting Alger Hiss Professor of History and Literature

B.A., Columbia University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago. Author, Stalin’s Last Crime (HarperCollins, 2003; named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Financial Times); Isaac Babel (University of Chicago Press, forthcoming). Editor, The Best of TriQuarterly (Washington Square Press, 1982); A John Cage Reader (C. F. Peters, 1984). Has held editorial positions at Yale University Press, Northwestern University Press, FORMATIONS, TriQuarterly. Articles published in Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, American Scholar, New Criterion, New Republic, New York Times, Commentary, and many other newspapers and journals. Recipient, Whiting Foundation Fellowship (1977–78). (2004– )
Phone: 203-432-0349


Marina Kostalevsky
Associate Professor of Russian

M.A., Leningrad State Conservatory; Ph.D., Yale University. Lecturer and teaching assistant, Yale University; lecturer, Yale Summer Piano Institute; music instructor, Rutgers University; accompanist and music adviser, Bolshoi Theater, Moscow. Publications include Dostoevsky and Soloviev: The Art of Integral Vision (1997) and articles in Russian Language Journal, Voprosy Literatury, Russian Literature, Transactions of Russian-American Scholars, Pushkin v XX veke, Moskovskii Pushkinist, and Dictionary of Literary Biography. (1996– )
Phone: 845-758-7390


Cecile E. Kuznitz
Assistant Professor of Jewish History; Director of Jewish Studies

A.B., magna cum laude, Harvard University; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University. Awarded fellowships from American Council of Learned Societies (1997–98); Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); National Foundation for Jewish Culture (1999–2000); Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania (2002); Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2004); United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (2007). Has lectured at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, Harvard University, University of Maryland, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania. Articles published in The Yivo Encyclopedia of the Jews in Eastern Europe; S. Ansky at the Turn of the Century; The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Studies; Yiddish Language and Culture: Then and Now. Visiting assistant professor of Jewish history/Jewish studies, Georgetown University (2000– ). (2003– )


Oleg Minin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian

B.A., University of Victoria; M.A., University of Waterloo; Ph.D., University of Southern California. Fields of specialization include the literature, visual, and performing arts of the Russian Silver Age and Russian avant-garde; the satirical press of the Russian fin de siècle; Habermas’s social theory and Bourdieu’s theory of cultural production; and language pedagogy. His work has been published in The Russian Review, Experiment: A Journal of Russian Culture, and Slavic and East European Journal. Co-curator of the exhibition Demonocracy: All Hell Breaks Loose in 1905 Russia at the Doheny Memorial Library, USC, and curator of the Ferris Collection of Sovietica at the Institute of Modern Russian Culture. He previously taught at the University of Southern California; California State University, Northridge; Glendale Community College; and University of California, Riverside. At Bard since 2012.


Sean McMeekin
Professor of Historical and Political Studies

A.B., Stanford University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; also studied at University of Paris 7, Moscow State University, Humboldt University, and Mezhdunarodny Universitet, Moscow. Previously taught at Koç University, Istanbul; Bilkent University, Ankara; and Yale University. He is the author of The Russian Revolution (forthcoming, 2017); The War of the Ottoman Succession (forthcoming, 2015); July 1914: Countdown to War, which was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times Book Review; The Russian Origins of the First World War, which won the Norman B. Tomlinson Jr. Book Prize and was nominated for the Lionel Gelber Prize; The Berlin to Baghdad Express: The Ottoman Empire and Germany’s Bid for World Power, 1898–1918, winner of the Barbara Jelavich Book Prize; History’s Greatest Heist: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks; The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willi Münzenberg, Moscow’s Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West; and numerous articles and book chapters. Notable recent reviews have appeared in The American Historical Review, History Today, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review; Slavonic and East European Review; and Journal of Cold War Studies. Additional awards and fellowships include Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Fellowship at Yale; postdoctoral fellowship at the Remarque Institute, New York University; German Chancellor’s Fellowship, Humboldt Foundation; FLAS award for Russian language study in Moscow; and various fellowships and prizes from Stanford and UC Berkeley. At Bard since 2014.
Phone: 845-758-6822 x7448


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