About Us

Our Department

Who We Are 
Our faculty specialize in Eastern European Literatures and Cultures, including focus on cinema, architecture, and the visual arts. The cultures we cover include Russian, Polish, Czech, Ukrainian, and Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian; we also have strong interests in Judaic, Central Asian, Baltic, and Balkan cultures (including Greek and Albanian).

Interdisciplinary Research & Teaching 
We have strong intellectual connections to the fields of comparative literature, literary theory in its various forms (from Romantic, Realist, Symbolist, Formalist, and Structuralist poetics to post-structuralist approaches), history, philosophy, social sciences, linguistics, and language pedagogy.

We have scholars working in many related disciplines including History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, and Near East Studies. These scholars are brought together for research projects, symposia, brown bags, and interdisciplinary teaching by major centers and institutes.