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Andrew Wachtel


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Ph. D. - University of California, Berkeley, 1987, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures

M.A. - University of California, Berkeley, 1983, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures

B.A. - Harvard University, 1981, Magna cum laude. History and Literature


Academic Experience 

2002 - present - Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University

1998 - 2002 - Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, Northwestern University

1995 - present - Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University

1991 - 1995 - Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures Northwestern University

1991 - 1992 - Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

1988 - 1991 - Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University

1988 - Visiting Professor of Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA.


Administrative Experience


President,  American University of Central Asia (2010-present). Oversee the overall operations of this liberal arts college of 1200 students.


Northwestern University - Dean, The Graduate School (2003-2010). Oversee all PhD and academic Master’s degree programs at Northwestern. Graduate student body of approximately 3500 in 8 schools. Oversee operating budget of approximately $85M and some 30 staff.

* Financial Aid and Budget: Moved TGS from a unit that operated with a $2-3M deficit to one that operates in the black, both in respect to its appropriated budget and its actual revenues vs. expense.

* Research and Analysis and IT: Having built an IT team from scratch, TGS is now able to provide programs with accurate data on all aspects of their performance as well as help them to interpret that data. TGS is now using this data to work with programs in order to improve completion rates and time to degree for PhD students. All relevant data regarding PhD program outcomes is now publicly available on our website.

* Student services, Student Life and Multicultural Affairs: instituted sweeping changes to make TGS a more service-oriented unit. Implemented continuous registration for all TGS students, ensured annual reviews of student progress and consistent “milestones.” Expanded and revamped professional development programs. Introduced series of “community building grants” and TGS social events with an eye to creating more cross-conversations among students in different programs, increased diversity of all kinds in PhD programs, including that of traditionally underrepresented minorities (a bit above 12% in the 2008-09 academic year as compared to below 6% in 2003-04).

* Visibility and Dean’s Initiatives: focus on encouragement of inter- and multi-disciplinarity in humanities and social sciences through so-called cluster plan, which was officially launched in fall 2007. This program encourages faculty to train students outside normal departmental boundaries and encourages students to become “dual nationals”—strong in their own discipline and aware of and able to take part in conversations in relevant cognate areas. Secured $4.5M endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the cluster initiative. Cluster program extended to the sciences and engineering beginning in winter 2009. Planning now underway to extend the model to the life sciences in fall 2010.

*Globalization of the University: Developed models for the promotion of the globalization of TGS. These include dual and joint degree programs (including with Sciences Po in Paris), exchange initiatives, and the expansion of funds available to students for individual and collaborative research projects.


Northwestern University - Director, Roberta Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (2002-2008)

* Development: During term of directorship Center budget grew from $400K to $2M per year. Worked with NU president and NU development to secure naming gift for Center. Created program in Modern Turkish Studies and secured $1M endowment for this program from private donors.

* Research: Engaged faculty and graduate students in multi-disciplinary research teams, leading to creation of new courses, research projects, books and articles.

* Graduate Student Support: Secured funding for graduate student summer research grants. Expanded graduate student participation in Center activities

* Undergraduate: Spearheaded creation of innovative undergraduate-led academic conferences on global human rights issues. Incubated and nurtured an innovative series of international programs for undergraduates, which combine experiential and classroom learning, creating a new model for engaged student activism.


Northwestern University - Director, Consortium for Southeast European Studies at Northwestern (2001-2004)

*Secured seed money for the creation of this initiative through the Provost’s cross-school initiative program

*Wrote successfully Title VI undergraduate grant for course design, faculty development seminar

*Led activities of this program, which has since become a self-sustained research group through the Buffett Center


Northwestern University - Chair, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures (1997-2004)

*Redesigned undergraduate and graduate curricula positioning Slavic at Northwestern to be one of the top departments in the country while simultaneously expanding enrollment


Northwestern University - Other Relevant Administrative Experience


Chair NU Provost’s Committee on Global Engagement (2006)

*Developed a blueprint for the globalization of Northwestern


Member of Provost’s Highest Order of Excellence II Committee (2003)

*One of a dozen faculty tasked with creating a strategic plan for Northwestern


Chair, Search Committee, Director of the Program in African Studies (2001)


Chair, Crowe Hall Building Committee (2000—2003)

*Oversaw planning process for $5M construction. Worked with planners, architects, Board of Trustees Properties Committee


Provost’s “Highest Order of Excellence” Implementation Committee (1998—2002)


General Faculty Committee (1998-2001--vice chair, 1999-2000, chair, 2000-2001)

*General Faculty Committee is the highest elected faculty governance committee at NU


Program Review Council (1998—2002)


Honorary Degrees Committee (1997—2002, from 2000-02, Chair)


Academic Experience



Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University


Herman and Beulah Pearce Miller Research Professor in Literature, Northwestern University


Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University


Associate Professor, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Northwestern University


Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University


Assistant Professor of Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Stanford University


Visiting Professor of Russian Literature, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UCLA.




Ph. D.

U. of California, Berkeley, 1987, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures


U. of California, Berkeley, 1983, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures


Harvard University, 1981, Magna cum laude. History and Literature.







Slovene—fluent reading




Prizes and Awards



Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Elected to Council on Foreign Relations (NY)


NEH Collaborative Research Grant


NCEEER Research Grant


Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Fellowship


Fellowship from National Council for Soviet and East European Research


IREX Fellowship


NEH Fellowship for University Teachers


SSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship


Annenberg Junior Faculty Fellow, Stanford University


Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows


FLAS Fellowship from the U.S. Dept. of Education


Henry Russell Shaw Travelling Fellowship, Harvard University






*Russian Literature (co-written with Ilya Vinitsky), Polity Press, 2009.

*The Balkans in World History. Oxford University Press for The New Oxford World History Series, 2008).

In Turkish as Dünya Tarihinde Balkanlar. Istanbul: Dogan Kitap, 2009.

Bulgarian and Croatian editions forthcoming, 2010.

*Plays of Expectations: Intertextual Relations in Russian 20th-Century Drama (U. of Washington Press, 2006).

*Remaining Relevant After Communism: The Role of the Writer in Eastern Europe. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).

In Serbian as Uloga pisca u doba postkomunizma (Belgrade, Stubovi kultura, 2006).

In Bulgarian as Да твориш след комунизма. Ролята на исателя в Източна Европа (Sofia, Biblioteka 48, 2007).

Forthcoming in Polish (2009), and Russian (2009).

*Making a Nation, Breaking a Nation: Literature and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia. Stanford University Press, 1998.

In Serbian as Stvaranje nacije, razaranje nacije. Trans. Ivan Radosavljević (Belgrade:

Stubovi kultura, 2001).

In Slovene as Ustvarjanje naroda, razbijanje naroda. Trans. Tamara Soban (Ljubljana: Aleph/79, 2003).

In Romanian as Nasterea unei natiuni, distrugerea unei natiuni. Literatura si politici culturale in Iugoslavia (Bucurest: Integral, 2002)

*Petrushka: Sources and Contexts. With Janet Kennedy, Tim Scholl, and Richard Taruskin. ed. Andrew Baruch Wachtel. Northwestern University Press, 1998.

*An Obsession with History: Russian Writers Confront the Past. Stanford: Stanford

U. Press. 1994. Paperback edition, 1995

*The Battle for Childhood: Creation of a Russian Myth. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990.


Books Edited or Translated


*Drago Jančar, The Prophecy and Other Stories. Translated and with an introduction by Andrew Baruch Wachtel. Northwestern U. Press, 2009.

*От «Игроков» до «Dostoevsky-trip». Интертекстуальность в русской драматургии XIX-XX веков. (From “The Gamblers” to “Dostoevsky-trip”: Intertextuality in Russian Drama of the 19th and 20th Centuries). With Vladimir Kataev, Moscow, 2006.

*Muharem Bazdulj, The Second Book, translated by Andrew Wachtel with Oleg Andric and Nikola Petkovic. Northwestern University Press, 2005.

*Anzhelina Polonskaya, A Voice. Selected Poems, translated and with an introduction by Andrew Wachtel (Northwestern University Press, 2004).

*Southeast Europe; Culture and Connection (Istanbul, 2004).

*At the Crossroads: New Writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

*From the Ends to the Beginning: A Bilingual Web Anthology of Russian Verse. eds.

Andrew Wachtel and Ilya Kutik. trans. Tanya Tulchinsky, Andrew Wachtel, and Gwenan Wilbur, 2001.

*Ilya Kutik, Hieroglyphs of Another World: On Poetry, Swedenborg and Others.

Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2000.

*Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature and Society. ed. Andrew

Baruch Wachtel. Northwestern University Press, 1998.

*Ivan Bunin, The Life of Arseniev, trans. Gleb Struve, Hamish Miles, Heidi Hillis, Susan McKean, and Andrew Wolf. Translation edited, annotated, and introduced by Andrew Baruch Wachtel . Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1994.


Academic Articles and Book Chapters


1) “Death and Resurrection in Anna Karenina,” In the Shade of the Giant, ed. Hugh

McLean. Berkeley: University of Ca. Press, 1989, 100-114.

2) “Continuity and Change in the Russian Historical Epic: Tolstoy, Grossman,

Solzhenitsyn,” Stanford Slavic Studies (Vol. 4, pt. 2), 1992, 408-427.

3) “Resurrection à la Russe: Tolstoy’s play The Living Corpse in its Cultural Context.”

PMLA, March, 1992, 261-273.

4) “Voyages of Escape, Voyages of Discovery: The Transformation of the Travelogue.”

Cultural Mythologies of Russian Modernism: From the Golden Age to the Silver Age. ed. B. Gasparov, R. Hughes, I. Paperno. California Slavic Studies #15. Berkeley: U. of California Press, 1992, 128-149.

5)“Contemporary Soviet Poetry.” Foreword for The Third Wave: The New Soviet

Poetry with Aleksei Parshchikov (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1992), 1-11.

6)“Telling Stories about Russian Literature” Modern Philology. February, 1993, 392 406.

7) “Of Course, To Begin With.” Stanford Literature Review, 9.1, Spring, 1992, 1-10,

with Helen Tartar.

8) “Ripping in the Middle Voice.” Stanford Literature Review, 9. 2 Fall, 1992, 93-97, with Helen Tartar.

9) “Dubravka Ugresic A Croatian Postmodernist Writer.” in Dubravka Ugresic In the

Jaws of Life and Other Stories. Evanston: Northwestern U. Press, 1993.

10) “Russian Culture,” Encyclopedia Britannica, 1993 edition.

11) “Slawistik nach dem Kalten Krieg,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitschaft, March 2, 1994,

5, with Hans-Ulrich Gumbrecht.

12) “Introduction,” The Plays of Lev Tolstoy, Vol. 1, trans. Marvin Kantor, Evanston:

Northwestern U. Press, 1994.

13) “Review Article, Ivan Bunin. Russian Requiem, 1885-1920, edited with an

Introduction and Notes by Thomas Gaiton Marullo,” in The American Scholar, Winter, 1994, 151-54.

14) “Narrating the Past: The Role of Childhood and History in Russian Literary Culture.” “Infans”: Representing the Language and Consciousness of the Child ed. Elizabeth N. Goodenough and Mark Heberle. Ft. Wayne: Wayne State U. Press, 1994, 110-122.

15) “The Adventures of a Leskov Story in Soviet Russia, or the Socialist Realist Opera that Wasn’t.” O Rus! Studia litteraria slavica in honorem Hugh McLean eds. Simon Karlinsky, James Rice, Barry Scherr. Berkeley Slavic Specialties: Berkeley, 1995. 358-368.

16) “Imagining Yugoslavia: The Historical Archeology of Ivo Andrić,” Ivo Andrić

Revisited: The Bridge Still Stands. ed. Wayne S. Vucinich. Berkeley: International and Area Studies, 1995, 82-102.

Translated into Serbian as “Zamišljane Jugoslavije: istorijska arheologija Ive Andrića,” Sveske zadužbine Ive Andrića, 13, 1997, pp. 105-123.

17) “Russian Culture,” Encyclopedia Britannica, 1995 edition.

18) “Nina Iskrenko and the Russian Poetic Tradition.” Nina Iskrenko. The Right to Err

Colorado Springs: Three Continents Press, 1995, pp. 5-10.

19) “Introduction,” The Plays of Lev Tolstoy, Vol. 2, trans. Marvin Kantor, Evanston:

Northwestern University Press. 1996.

20) “Zamechaniia o vzaimootnoshenii khudozhestvennykh i nauchnykh proizvedenii

Tynianova,” Sedmye Tynianovskie chteniia, ed. Marietta Chudakova (Riga, 1996), 222-230.

21) “The Lessons of Yugoslavia’s Failure,” Washington, D.C.: The National Council for

Soviet and East European Research, 1997.

22) “The Precipitous Rise and Calamitous Fall of Multicultural Yugoslavia,” Washington,

D.C.: The National Council for Soviet and East European Research, 1997.

23) “Postmodernism as Nightmare: Milorad Pavic±’s Literary Demolition of Yugoslavia,”

SEEJ 41, 4 (Winter, 1997), 627-44.

24) “Lessons of the Yugoslav Failure” 2B 11-12, 1997, 98-104.

25) “Lev Tolstoy’s Childhood, Boyhood, Youth,” Reference Guide to Russian Literature,

ed. Neil Cornwall.Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

26) “Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s The Red Wheel,” Reference Guide to Russian Literature,

ed. Neil Cornwall. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

27) “Ivan Bunin’s The Life of Arsen’v,” Reference Guide to Russian Literature, ed. Neil

Cornwall. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1998.

28) “Psychology and Society in the Classic Russian Novel,” The Cambridge Companion to the Classic Russian Novel. eds. Malcolm Jones and Robin Miller, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, 130-149.

29) “Thoughts On Teaching South Slavic Cultures,” AAASS Newsnet (January, 1998), 7-8.

30) “Introduction, Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature, and  Society, ed. Andrew Baruch Wachtel. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998, ix-xvi.

31) “Introduction,” The Plays of Lev Tolstoy, Vol. 3, trans. Marvin Kantor, Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1998, vii-xxi.

32) “The Novels of Ivo Andric,” Encyclopedia of the Novel ed. Paul Schellinger, Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1998.

33) “After Communism: Cosmopolitanism in Central Europe,” 2B (#13, 1998), 151-55.

In Slovenian as “Relevanten po komunizmu—kozmopolitizem v srednjeevropski literaturi,” Nova revija, 194-195 (June-July, 1998), 30-33.

34) “Eshche raz o gogolevskoi troike (Otkuda prikatila brichka Chichikova?” Izvestiia, Akademii nauk. Seriia literatury i iazyka (57, 6), 1998, 32-38.

35) “Translation, Imperialism and National Self-Definition in Russia” Public Culture 11 (1), 1999, 49-73. Reprinted in Alternative Modernities ed. Dilip Gaonkar. Duke UP, 2001, 58-85.

36) “The South Slavic Lands During World War I: Culture and Nationalism,” European

Culture in the Great War: The Arts, Entertainment, and Propaganda, 1914-1918. ed. Aviel Roshwald and Richard Stites, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, pp. 193-214.

37) “The New Neo-classicists,” Rereading Russian Poetry. ed. Stephanie Sandler, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999, 270-286.

38) “The Relevance of Poetry. What is Poetry to Do?” 2B #14, 1999, 39-44.

39) “Meaningful Voids: Facelessness in Platonov and Malevich,” Boundaries of the Spectacular: Russian Verbal, Visual and Performance Texts in the Age of Modernism, eds. Catriona Kelly and Stephen Lovell, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999, 250-77.

40) “Not Ready for Prime Time: The Prehistory of Bakhtin’s Problems of Dostoevsky’s Poetics in English,” Dialogism 4 (2000), 112-126.

41) Kako pisatelj ostane pomemben po koncu komunizma” (with Aleš Debeljak) Literatura #111/112 (Sept.-Oct. 2000), 1-6.

42) “Rereading ‘The Queen of Spades,’” Pushkin Review (3, 2000), 13-21.

43) “V dogajanju časa” (Chasing Time) Ampak 6/7 (June/July 2001), p. 17.

44) “After the Party’s Collapse: Writers of the Former Communist Bloc Encounter the Market,” The Common Review 1, 1 (Fall, 2001), 18-24.

45) “Parodiinost’ Chekhovskoi chaiki: Simvoly i ozhidaniia” (The Seagull as Parody: Symbols and Expectations). Vestnik MGU, 2002, #1, 72-90.

46) “History and Autobiography in Tolstoy,” The Cambridge Companion to Tolstoy ed. Donna Orwin, (Cambridge UP, 2002).

47) “At Home in South East Europe,” Introduction to At the Crossroads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

48) “The Novel as Photograph: Dostoevsky’s The Idiot” History of Photography 26, 3 (autumn, 2002), 205-215.

In Russian as “Idiot Dostoevskogo: Roman kak fotografiia,” Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (57, 5), 2002, 126-143.

49) “Ivan Meštrović, Ivo Andrić and Yugoslav Synthetic Culture in the Inter-war Period,” Yugoslavism, 1918-1991: History of a Failed Idea, ed. Dejan Djokić. (London, Hurst and Co., 2003), 238-51.

50) “The Moral Equivalent of War”: Violence in the later Fiction of Lev Tolstoy,” William James in Russian Culture eds. Joan Delaney Grossman and Ruth Rischin (Rowan & Littlefield, 2003, 81-92.

51) “Kada i zašto je ‘jugoslovenska kultura’ imala smisla” [When and Why Did “Yugoslav Culture” Make Sense], Sarajevske sveske (1,1) 2002, 251-62.

52) “Writers and Society in Eastern Europe, 1989-2000: The End of the Golden Age,” East European Politics and Society Vol. 17, No.4, 2003 583-621.

53) “Tolstoy’s Childhood in Russia,” Encyclopedia of Childhood (Macmillan)

54) “How to Use a Classic: Petar Petrović Njegoš in the 20th Century” Ideologies and Natioinal Identities: The Case of Twentieth Century Southeastern Europe. eds. John Lampe and Mark Mazower (CEU Press, 2003), 131-153.

55) “Pisci i nacionalizam” (Writers and Nationalism), Sarajevske sveske #4, 2003, 169-182.

56) Review article ““Telling the Kosovo Story” Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans (Volume 6, Number 1, April 2004), 57-62.

57) Final Status for Kosovo. Untying the Gordian Knot (with Henry H. Perritt, Jr. (Chicago: Kent Law School, 2004).

58) “Balkanska specifičnost, balkanska transcendencija,” Zarez (VI, 133), June 2004, 20-21.

59) “The Adventures of a Leskov Story in Soviet Russia, or the Socialist Realist Opera that Wasn’t.” Epic Revisionism: Tsarist-Era Heroes in Stalinist Mass Culture and Propaganda, eds. David Brandenberger and Kevin Platt (U. of Wisconsin Press, forthcoming) [a revised version of #15].

60) “A Last Attempt at Educational Integration: The Failure of “Common Educational Cores” in Yugoslavia in the early 1980’s,” (with Predrag Marković), The Dissolution of Yugoslavia. Eds. Lenard Cohen and Jasna Dragović Soso (Purdue UP, forthcoming)

61) “Banality Transformed: “Life with an Idiot” on the Page and on the Stage,” Festschrift eds. Lazar Fleishman and Michael Wachtel (Berkeley Slavic Specialties, forthcoming).

62. “The Legacy of Danilo Kiš in post-Yugoslav Literature,” SEEJ 50 I (Winter, 2006). In Serbian as “Baština Danila Kiša u postjugoslovenskoj književnosti,” trans. Jelena Stakić. Spomena Danila Kiša (Belgrade, 2005), 437-451.

63) “Интертекстуальное и сексуальное влечение в «Незнакомке» A. Bloka, ” (Intertextual and Sexual Attraction in A. Blok’s “The Unknown Woman”) От «Игроков» до «Dostoevsky-trip». Интертекстуальность в русской драматургии XIX-XX веков. (Moscow, 2006).

64) «A Story About Boxes,» Proučavanje opšte književnosti danas (Comparative Literary Studies Today). Belgrade, 2005, 117-126.

65) «Litsom k litsu s perekhodnoi epokhoi nachala 1990-kh gg. v literature.» (Face to Face with the Transitional Epoch of the early 1990s in Literature), Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta Series 9, Philology, 2006, #6, 77-91.

66) “A Last Attempt at Educational Integration: The Failure of Common Educational Cores in Yugoslavia in the Early 1980s,” State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe. New Perspectives on Yugoslavia’s Disintegration. Eds. Lenard J. Cohen and Jasna Dragović-Soso (West Lafayette: Purdue U. Press, 2008), 203-220 (co-authored with Predrag J. Marković).

67) “History in a Glass,” Public Culture (20, 1), 2008, 193-198.

68) “The New Balkan Other” TriQuarterly (#131) 2008, 264-272.

Reprinted in Balkan Literatures in the Age of Nationalism eds. Murat Belge and Jale Parla (Istanbul: Bilgi University Press, 2009), 143-53.

69) “La Yugoslavie: l’État impossible?” Sortir de la Grande Guerre eds. Christophe Prochasson and Stéphane Audoin-Rouzeau. Paris: Editions Tallandier, 2008, 257-77.

70) “The Dissolution of Yugoslavia” (with Christopher Bennett). Confronting the Yugoslav Controversies eds. Charles Ingrao and Thomas A. Emmert. Purdue University Press, 2009, 12-47.

In Serbian as “Raspad Jugoslavije,” forthcoming, Belgrade, 2010.

71) “Russian Modernism,” A Companion to Russian History. Ed. Abbott Gleason. Blackwell, 2009, 279-94.

72) “Predislovie” [Introduction] to Pavel Lembersky, Unikal’nyi sluchai (Moscow: Russkii Gulliver, 2009), 9-10.

73) “Literary Nationalism in the Contemporary Russian Novel, Europe – Evropa: Cross-Cultural Dialogues between the West, Russia, and Southeastern Europe. Ed. Juhani Nuorluotu. Uppsala: Uppsala University Press, forthcoming, 2010.

74) “Contemporary Bosnian Fiction: History in Diaspora,” Civic and Uncivic Values in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ed. Sabrina Ramet. Budapest: CEU Press, forthcoming.

75) “Creating a Canon of Contemporary East European Literature in the US: An Editor’s Perspective,” Primerjalna književnost (33: 2), 2010, 267-272. In Slovene as “Ustvaranje kanona sodobne vzhodnoevropske književnosti v ZDA: urednikovo gledišče” (transl. Leonora Flis), same issue 97-102.

76) “Modeli građanstva u romanu Tvrđava Meše Selimovića,” Književno djelo Meše Selimovića Sarajevo, 2010, 109-118.

77) “Citizenship and Belonging: Literary Themes and Variations from Yugoslavia,” CITSEE Working Papers Series, Edinburgh.

78) “Orhan Pamuk’s Snow as a Russian Novel.” Under review at SEEJ.

79) “From The Museum of Unconditional Surrender to The Museum of Innocence: The Work of Art in the Age of Globalization and Virtualization,” Currently under revision for publication in Comparative Literature.




1) “Limits of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in Kosovo,” Chicago Tribune editorial page, Sunday, March 21, 1999.

2) “Wer Schwache verprügelt: Serbien und die Logik der Unvernunft,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung May 26, 1999, p. 49. Reprinted in Der westliche Kreuzzug. 41 Positionen zum Kosovo-Krieg ed. Frank Schirrmacher (Stuttgart: DVA, 1999), pp. 217-20.

3) “Europäische Balkan-Abenteuer: In einem Protektorat wird das Kosovo keinen Frieden finden, ” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 9, 1999, p. 51.

4) “Trennungsangst: Das Dilemma der Friedenstruppen in Mitrovica,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (March 1, 2000), p. 51.

5) “Die unheimliche Ruhe vor dem Landsturm,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung August 15, 2000, p. 44.

In English as “Montenegro: Dancing on the Ruins, NCEEER Bulletin (September, 2000), pp. 3-5.

6) “Kosova after Milosevic,” The Chicago Tribune, Sunday, October 8, Editorial Page (Section 1, p. 23).

In German as “Vor kommenden Gefahren. Serbien und das Kosovo nach Milosevic” FAZ October 5, 2000, p. 49.

7)“Wie Jugoslawien in Chaos treibt,” FAZ March 2, 2001, p. 52.

8) Whither Macedonia? (October, 2001).

9)“Amerikanci očima drugih,” Danas (Belgrade) Sept. 21, 2002.

10) “Napoleon’s Harsh Lesson” Chicago Tribune (Sunday, April 13, 2003) section 2, p. 1. Also published in Greek as “Tolstoy in Iraq” To Vima, (Sunday, March 30, 2003).

11) “The western Balkan outlook: beyond 2005,” (Nov. 9, 2005).


Reviews and Interviews


49) Review of Harold B.Segel, The Columbia Literary History of Eastern Europe since 1945. Forthcoming Canadian Slavonic Papers, Spring, 2009.

48) Review of Simon Morrison. The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years. SEEJ (53, 3), fall, 2009.

47) Review of Marina Frolova-Walker. Russian Music and Nationalism: From Glinka to Stalin. SEEJ (53, 1), spring 2009.

46) Review of Aleksandr Etkind, Non-Fiction po-russki Pravda. Kniga otzyvov. Slavic Review 2009, 199-200.

45) Review of Emily D. Johnson, How St. Petersburg Learned to Study Itself. The Russian Idea of Kraevedenie. SEEJ (51, 3), fall, 2007.

44) Review of Rajendra A. Chitnis, Literature in Post-Communist Russia and Eastern Europe. The Russian, Czech and Slovak fiction of the Changes, 1988-1998. SEER (forthcoming).

43) Review of History of the Literary Cultures of East-Central Europe. Junctures and Disjunctures in the 19th and 20th centuries. Marcel Cornis-Pope and John Neubauer (eds). SEER 83, 3, 2005, 522-23..

42) Review of Orlando Figes, Natasha’s Dance. A Cultural History of Russia. Slavic Review (Winter, 2004), 882-83.

41) Review of Svetlana Evdokimova, ed. Alexander Pushkin’s Little Tragedies. The Poetics of Brevity, Slavic Review (48.3), Fall, 2004, 481-83.

40) Review of Wesley Adamczyk, When God Looked the Other Way: An Odyssey of War, Exile, and Redemption (Chicago Tribune, Sunday Book Section, August 15, 2004).

39) Review of Vladimir Voinovich, Monumental Propaganda (Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section, July 25, 2004),

38) Review of Simon Sebag Montefiore’s Stalin. The Court of the Red Tsar and Solomon Volkov’s Shostakovich and Stalin (Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section), June 20, 2004.

37) Review of E. Anthony Swift, Popular Theater and Society in Tsarist Russia. and Imitations of Life. Two Centuries of Melodrama in Russia. Ed. Louise McReynolds and Joan Neuberger. Theatre Research International (29, 2), 2004, 192-93.

36) Review of Pamela Ballinger, History in Exile. Memory and Identity at the Borders of the Balkans for The American Historical Review February, 2004, 140-41.

35) Review of Tom Gallagher, The Balkans after the Cold War. From Tyranny to Tragedy for Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans (5. 3), December 2003, 401-02.

34) Review of Mark D. Steinberg,Proletarian Imagination. Self, Modernity & the Sacred in Russia, 1910-1925 in Modernism/Modernity (10, 4), November, 2003, 764-66.

33) Review of Carol Lilly, Power and Persuasion. Ideology and Rhetoric in Communist Yugoslavia, 1944-1953, Slavic Review (62, 1), Spring 2003, 166-67.

32) Review of Martin Malia, Russia Under Western Eyes: From the Bronze Horseman to the Lenin Mausoleum for Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, (28.1), March 2001, 116-118.

31) Review of Celia Hawkesworth, ed. A History of Central European Women’s Writing in The Slavonic and East European Review, 80, 3 (July, 2002), 500-02.

30) Review of Culture and Technology in the New Europe: Civic Discourse in Transformation in Post-Communist Nations. ed. Laura Lengel, for Journal of Southern Europe and the Balkans. 4, 1 (May, 2002), 100-01.

29) Review of Zdenek Stribrny, Shakespeare and Eastern Europe. Common Knowledge (9, 2), Spring 2003, 351.

28) Review of Celia Hawkesworth, Voices in the Shadows. Women and Verbal Art in Serbia and Bosnia, Slavic Review 60, 2 (Summer 2001), 415-16.

27) Review of Robert Kaplan, Eastward to Tartary for Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section, October 29, 2000.

26) Renate Lachmann, Memory and Literature, Modern Philology 98, 3 (Feb. 2001), 530-2.

25) “Unbalkanizing the Balkans” Review of Misha Glenny, The Balkans: Nationalism, War and Great Powers, 1804-1999, Chicago Tribune Sunday Book Section (May 28, 2000), 1.

24) Review of Alexander F. Zweers, The Narratology of the Autobiography. An Analysis of the Literary Devices Employed in Ivan Bunin’s The Life of Arsen’ev. University of Toronto Quarterly. vol 69: 1 (Winter 99/00), pp. 271-73.

23) Thomas Gaiton Marullo, If You See the Buddha: Studies in the Fiction of Ivan Bunin. Russian Review 58/4 (October, 1999), pp. 683-4.

22) Review of Face to Face: Bakhtin in Russia and the West Slavonica. 5/1, 1999, 86-7.

21) Review of From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine for Comparative Literature Studies. Comparative Literatre Studies (vol 36, #3, 1999). 269-72.

20) Review of Amy Singleton, Noplace Like Home. Slavic Review, 57:1, (Spring, 1998) 231-32.

19) Review of Omry Ronen, The Fallacy of the Silver Age in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (The Russian Review, 57, 2 (Winter, 1998), 287-88.

18) “Rough Drafts Don’t Burn” Round table discussion of Kathryn B. Feuer, Tolstoy and the Genesis of War and Peace. in Tolstoy Studies Journal #9, 1998.

17) Review of Brian Horowitz, The Myth of A.S. Pushkin in Russia’s Silver Age. Slavic Review, 56, 1 (Spring, 1997), 166-67.

16) Review of Alexander Zholkovsky, Text Counter Text. Rereadings in Russian Literary History (Slavonica, vol 2, no. 1, 1995/96), pp. 111-112.

15) Review of Gareth Williams, Tolstoy’s Childhood (SEEJ, vol. 40, no. 1), Spring, 1996, 156-157.

14) Review of Tomislav Longinovic, Borderline Culture (SEEJ, fall, 1994).

13) Review of Donna Orwin, Tolstoy’s Art and Thought. 1847-1880, (Tolstoy Studies Journal, (vol VI, 1994), 159-161.

12) Review of David K. Danow, The Dialogic Sign. Essays on the Major Novels of Dostoevsky (Canadian-American Slavic Studies 1996).

11) Review of David Shepherd, Beyond Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in Soviet Literature (The Russian Review, July, 1994), 433.

10) Review of Essays on Gogol: Logos and the Russian Word ed. Susanne Fusso and Priscilla Meyer. (Slavic Review, Spring, 1993), pp. 124-25.

9) Review of The Bell of Freedom: Essays Presented to Monica Partridge on the Occasion of Her 75th Birthday (SEEJ, 37, 1, Spring, 1993), pp. 99-100.

8) Review of The Politics of Liberal Education, eds. Darryl J. Gless and Barabara Herrnstein Smith. Heterodoxy (June, 1992), 15.

7) Review of Malcolm Jones,Dostoevsky after Bakhtin (Canadian-American Slavic Studies, 1993), 380-81.

6) Review of F. D. Reeve, The White Monk (SEEJ, 36, 4, Winter, 1992).

5) Review of Eric de Haard, Narrative and Anti-Narrative Strategies in Lev Tolstoj’s Early Works (SEEJ, vol 35, No. 3, Fall, 1991), 436-37.

4) Review of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova in The Hungry Mind Review (Summer, 1991), 42-43.

3) Review of Aleksander Kushner, Apollo in the Snow in The Hungry Mind Review (Summer, 1991), 42-43.

2) Review of Charles Moser, Esthetics as Nightmare. Russian Literary Theory, 1855-1870, SEEJ, Summer, 1990.

1) “Interview with Dmitri Prigov,” Sequoia, vol 33, no. 1, Summer, 1989.




From Slovenian

Drago Jančar, “A Sunday in Oberheim,” Third Coast (Spring, 2006).

Aleš Debeljak, “Four Poems,” At the Cross-roads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

Three of these poems reprinted in Pretext (Spring/Summer 2003), 77-79.

Drago Jančar, “A Tale about Eyes,” At the cross-roads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

Drago Jančar, “Joyce’s Pupil,” Kenyon Review, XXIII, 1 (Winter 2001), 86-98.

Aleš Steger, 5 poems in Three Lands, Three Generations: East European Poetry Today (Northwestern Slavic Dept., 1999). Three of them reprinted in Verse (18, 2 &3).

Tomaž Salamun, 3 poems in Three Lands, Three Generations: East European Poetry Today (Northwestern Slavic Dept., 1999).

Edvard Kocbek, Two Essays on Poetry, for An Anthology of Contemporary Slovenian Literature ed, Ales Debeljak (White Pine Press, 1997).

Uroš Zupan, “A Sarajevo Elegy,” “Noon in Breda,” with Nikolai Jeffs, Triquarterly Fall,


Aleš Debeljak, “Three Sonnets,” Triquarterly Fall, 1996.

Matjaž Pikalo, “The Cruel Sea,” Angel in the Garden” Dnevi poezije in vina Ljubljana, 1996.

Aleš Debeljak, “Three Sonnets,” Dnevi poezije in vina Ljubljana, 1996.


From Russian

Anzhelina Polonskaya, Two poems. World Literature Today (March-April, 2010), 19.

Anzhelina Polonskaya, 5 poems, Poetry Salzburg Review (No. 14), Autumn, 2008, 22-25.

Anzhelina Polonskaya, “The Sea has neither Swans nor Bright Bedrooms” Poetry Review (98:3), Autumn, 2008, 14.

Anzhelina Polonskaya, Three poems. Stand (7, 4), 2007, 54-55.

Anzhelina Polonskaya, Two poems. International Poetry Review (Fall, 2006), pp. 40-43,.

Olga Sedakova, Poems and Elegies “Mountain Ode” (plus reprints of earlier Sedakova translations) Lewisburg, Bucknell UP, 2003.

Ilya Kutik, “A Hermit Pets a Cat, While Thinking about the Ocean,” Brooklyn Rail, (Oct.-Nov. 2001, p. 47.

Anzhelina Polonskaia, “6 poems” Vilenica 2000 (Ljubljana: Slovenian Writers’

Association, 2000).

Daniil Kharms, Elizaveta Bam in Russian 20th-Century Drama Northwestern University Press, 2000)

Ilya Kutik, “Twelve Stories about Swedenborg” in Hieroglyphs of Another World: On Poetry, Swedenborg and Others, by Ilya Kutik. Northwestern U. Press, 2000.

Anzhelina Polonskaia, 8 poems in Three Lands, Three Generations: East European Poetry Today (Northwestern Slavic Dept., 1999).

Ilya Kutik “On the Theft of a Munch”, Samizdat (No. 1, Autumn, 1998).

Ilya Kutik, “Peephole,” “1991,” Triquarterly Fall, 1996.

Marina Timchenko, “Transition: The State of Contemporary Artistic Culture.” Re- entering the Sign: Articulating the New Russian Culture. eds. Ellen E. Berry and

Anesa Miller Pogacar. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995, 129-143.

Vladimir Aristov, “Observations on Meta,” Re-entering the Sign: Articulating the New

Russian Culture. eds. Ellen E. Berry and Anesa Miller Pogacar. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1995, 219-226.

Olga Sedakova, “Chinese Travelogue”, Conjunctions. Fall, 1994.

Mikhail Epstein, “Labor of Lust.” Common Knowledge (VI no. 3, Winter, 1992), 91-


Poetry of I. Kutik, S. Gandlevsky, D. Prigov, E. Shvarts, O. Sedakova, A. Parshchikov in The Third Wave: The New Soviet Poetry (Ann Arbor: U. of Michigan Press, 1992).

Poems of O. Sedakova, E. Shvarts, Five Fingers Review (Summer,1990).

“Six Soviet Poets”: An anthology of 32 poems by D. Prigov, L. Rubinshteyn, S. Gandlevsky, E. Shvarts, V. Krivulin, and O. Sedakova in the 1985-86 Berkeley Fiction Review, pp. 129-201.

“Elizaveta Bam” and “Dramatic Sketches” by Daniil Harms: Performed by the Platypus Theater, San Francisco: Nov. and Dec.1984.


From Croatian

Igor Stiks, “History of a Flood,” world one minutes ed. Lucette ter borg. Rotterdam, 2008, 103-109.

Igor Stiks, excerpt from the novel Elijah’s Chair, Habitus, 2007.

Igor Stiks, “Bellagio,” At the cross-roads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

Tatjana Gromača, 9 poems in Southeast Europe; Culture and Connection (Istanbul, 2004).

Igor Štiks, “The Balkans are Somewhere Else” in Southeast Europe; Culture and Connection (Istanbul, 2004).


From Serbian

Vida Ognjenović, “The Big Yellow Butterfly,” At the cross-roads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.

Svetlana Slapšak, 3 essays in Southeast Europe; Culture and Connection (Istanbul, 2004).


From Bosnian

Muharem Bazdulj, “A Khazar Tale,” Habitus, 2007.

Muharem Bazdulj, “A Twilight Encounter,” (with Nikola Petković), At the cross-roads: New writing from South East Europe. (with Anastassis Vistonitis), Athens, 2002.


From Bulgarian

Georgi Gospodinov, “Gaustine” in Southeast Europe; Culture and Connection (Istanbul, 2004).


Oral Interpretation

Work as simultaneous interpreter from and to Russian included interpretation for visits of Mikhail Gorbachev and Andrei Sakharov at Stanford University in 1989.

Work as simultaneous interpreter from and to Bosnian for US visit of Mayor Selim Bešlagić of Tuzla.


Books and Articles on the Soviet Union and Russia:

At the Dawn of Glasnost: Soviet Portraits. San Francisco: Proctor Jones Publishing Co.,


Classic Russian Idylls. ed. Proctor Jones. San Francisco: Proctor Jones Publishing Co.,



Editorial Duties


General Editor, “Writings from an Unbound Europe”, Northwestern University Press. Under my editorship more than 50 titles have been published. See


Service to the Profession and Community


Member of the Jury—Meša Selimović Prize, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2008-

Social Science Research Council Title VIII Selection and Oversight Committee (2006-

Association of Graduate Schools Executive Board, Member (2006-

AAU Task force on Early Graduate Careers, Member (2006-

Advisory Board Member: TUTA Theatre Company (2005-

Chief of the Jury, “Balkanika” Literary Prize (2003--

President: North American Tolstoy Society (1993-2004)

Member of the Board of Directors—Post-Conflict Foundation (2000-2005)

Member—Global Chicago Advisory Board, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2004-

Member—Program Committee, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2004-

Chair: AATSEEL Publications Committee, 1996-1999

Editorial Board: Slavic and East European Journal, Tolstoy Society Journal, Slavic Review, Stil (Belgrade), and Comparative Literature Studies, Central Europe, Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies

Reader of manuscripts for Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Princeton, Northwestern, Routledge, and Yale University Presses, Slavic Review, SEEJ, and Russian Review

Reader of applications for Stanford Humanities Center, National Humanities Center


Selected Invited Lectures


University of Oslo, University of Konstanz, Oxford University (Ilchester Lecture), University of London, University of Lancaster, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, U. of Pennsylvania, Duke, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U. of Washington, U. of Iowa, U. of Wisconsin, Madison, Ohio State U., Wesleyan College, USC, UCLA, CEU.


Selected Courses Taught



Introduction to Russian Literature--1820-1850

Introduction to Russian Literature--1850-1900

Introduction to 20th-Century Russian Literature

Introduction to Russian Modernism

20th Century Literature and Politics (co-taught with Gary Saul Morson)

Russian Theatre and Drama--1895-1930

The Rise and Fall of Yugoslavia: Culture and Nationalism

20th-Century Russian Literature (taught in Russian)

Contemporary East and Central European Literature

The Grotesque and Fantastic in Russian Literature

Theory and Practice of Literary Translation

Russian Visual Art in Cultural Context (co-taught with Ilya Kutik)

The History and Culture of Eastern Europe (co-taught with Ben Frommer)




Proseminar (various topics)

Russian Prose from Sentimentalism to the Natural School

Translation and Russian Culture

Old Russian Literature

Autobiographical Narrative in 20th-Century Russian Literature

The Rewards of Literary Production (Comparative Literature Seminar)


Dissertations Directed


Approximately 35 (at Northwestern, Stanford, U. of Chicago, Tufts U.), serving as main advisor on approximately 25. Some of my advisees have gone on to academic positions at Brown, Duke, Harvard, Ohio State, Penn., U. of Chicago, among others.

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