American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Meet the AUCA President

Meet the AUCA President

Andrew Baruch Wachtel



American University of Central Asia

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Member, Council on Foreign Relations


7/6 Aaly Tokombaev St.

Bishkek 720000 Kyrgyzstan

(996) 772030570

1-847-366-1170 (international cell)




Administrative Experience


American University of Central Asia -- President (2010-present).

  • Administrative: Nurtured a well-functioning and responsible administrative staff willing and able to take responsibility for student-centered learning and robust assessment of teaching and learning.  Overseeing implementation of SAP-based ERP system.
  • Construction: Spearheaded the construction of new purpose-built campus.  Worked closely with architect, local builders, and government officials to create an innovative campus, the first environmentally friendly research and teaching facility in Central Asia.
  • Development: Created a development operation from scratch in a country with a minimally functioning economy and little tradition of public philanthropy.  Raised approx. $40M of private, foundation, and government funds (largest amount ever for private higher education in Central Asia) to support scholarships, building, academic programs.
  • Diversity: Created successful foundational year program for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.  
  • Internationalization: oversaw implementation of dual degree program with Bard College, created exchange programs with universities in the US, Turkey, France, Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland, and Estonia.
  • Program development: Worked with faculty to create new BA curricula in Central Asian Studies, Ecology and Sustainable Development, Geology, and MA and PhD curricula in Psychology and Political Science, as well as LLM program. Led creation of new research institutes: Central Asian Studies Institute and Tian Shan Policy Center.
  • Student life: Expanded extra-curricular opportunities for students, including study abroad, debate, sports.
  • University image: Changed image of AUCA from aloof outpost of American values to partner in making a better Kyrgyzstan.


Northwestern University --Dean, The Graduate School (2003-2010).  Oversaw all PhD and academic Master’s degree programs at Northwestern (3500 students in 8 schools).  Operating budget of approximately $95M and 30 staff.

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

* Research and Analysis and IT: Having built an IT team from scratch, TGS was able to provide programs with accurate data on all aspects of performance as well as help them to interpret that data.  Data was used to help programs to improve completion rates and time to degree for PhD students.  

* Student services, Student Life and Multicultural Affairs: Instituted sweeping changes to make TGS more service-oriented. Ensured annual reviews of student progress and consistent “milestones.”  Expanded and revamped professional development programs.  Introduced “community building grants” and social events to encourage conversations among students in different programs. Increased student diversity of all kinds, including of traditionally underrepresented minorities.

* Visibility and Dean’s Initiatives: Focused on encouragement of inter- and multi-disciplinarity in humanities and social sciences through so-called cluster plan, launched in fall 2007.  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 cognate areas.  Secured $4.5M endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the cluster initiative.  Program extended to the sciences and engineering in winter 2009.  

* Globalization of the University: Developed models for the globalization of TGS, including dual and joint PhD programs, exchange initiatives, and 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 annual budget grew from $400K to $2M.  Worked with NU president to secure naming gift for Center.  Created program in Modern Turkish Studies and secured $1M endowment.

* 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. Incubated and nurtured a series of international programs for undergrads, 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 this initiative through the Provost’s cross-school initiative program

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


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. Participated in discussions on opening of Northwestern Qatar campus


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)

*GFC is the highest elected faculty governance committee at Northwestern


Program Review Council (1998—2002)

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


Academic Experience

2002-2011--Bertha and Max Dressler Professor in the Humanities, Northwestern University

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

1995-2015 --Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Northwestern University

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

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

1988-91--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.



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

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

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






Slovene—fluent reading


Kyrgyz-- intermediate


Prizes and Awards

2003 Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

2001 Elected to Council on Foreign Relations (NY)

2000: NEH Collaborative Research Grant

2000: NCEEER Research Grant

1995-96: Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Fellowship

1995-96: Fellowship from National Council for Soviet and East European Research

1995-96: IREX Fellowship

1992:     NEH Fellowship for University Teachers

1989-91: SSRC Postdoctoral Fellowship.   

1988-90: Annenberg Junior Faculty Fellow, Stanford University

1985-88: Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows




* 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.

In Albanian as Ballkani në historinë botërore Tirana: Toena, 2012.

Bulgarian, Croatian and Italian editions forthcoming.


* 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).

Czech edition forthcoming.


* 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

  1. Press. 1994.  Paperback edition, 1995


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

Books edited or translated

* Anzhelina Polonskaya, Paul Klee’s Boat. Translated and with an introduction by Andrew Baruch Wachtel.  Zephyr Press, 2013.  

Only book of poetry longlisted for both Three Percent Best Translated Book and PEN Award for poetry in translation in 2014.  Short listed for PEN Poetry Translation Award, 2014.


* 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: U. of California. Press, 1989, 100-114. .  Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Gale, 2012).

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 Ugresić A Croatian Postmodernist Writer.” in Dubravka Ugresić In the

Jaws of Life and Other Stories. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 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 UP, 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.

  1. “Narrating the Past: The Role of Childhood and History in Russian Literary Culture.” “Infans”: Representing the Language and Consciousness of the Child ed. Eliz. N. Goodenough and Mark Heberle. Ft. Wayne: Wayne State UP, 1994, 110-122.
  2. “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, et al. 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 UP. 1996.

20) “Zamechaniia o vzaimootnoshenii khudozhestvennykh i nauchnykh proizvedenii

Tynianova,” Sedmye Tynianovskie chteniia, ed. M. 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,

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

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

  1. 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 UP, 1998, 130-149.

29) “Thoughts On Teaching South Slavic Cultures,” AAASS Newsnet (Jan., 1998),


30) “Introduction, Intersections and Transpositions: Russian Music, Literature, and

Society, ed. Andrew Baruch Wachtel. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1998, ix-xvi.

31) “Introduction,” The Plays of Lev Tolstoy, Vol. 3, trans. Marvin Kantor, Evanston:

Northwestern UP, 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-

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 UP, 1999, pp. 193-214.

37) “The New Neo-classicists,” Rereading Russian Poetry. ed. Stephanie Sandler, New

Haven: Yale UP, 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 UP, 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 IdiotHistory 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, 2006) [a revised version of #15].

60) “Banality Transformed: “Life with an Idiot” on the Page and on the Stage,” Festschrift eds. Lazar Fleishman and Michael Wachtel (Berkeley Slavic Specialties, 2005).

61) “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.

62) “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).

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

64) «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.

65) “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 UP, 2008), 203-220 (co-authored with Predrag J. Marković).

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

67) “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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

73) “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.

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

75) “Назад к летописям: Солженицынское «Красное колесо”, Солжeницын: Мыслитель, Историк, Художник. Moscow: Russkii put’, 2010, 627-646.

76) “Citizenship and Belonging: Literary Themes and Variations from Yugoslavia,” CITSEE Working Papers Series, Edinburgh. 2011.

77) “Orhan Pamuk’s Snow as a Russian Novel.”  SEEJ (56: 1) Spring 2012, 91-108.

78) “Severed Heads and Living Corpses,” Region 1: 2, (2012), 285-296.

79) “Contemporary Bosnian Fiction: History in Diaspora,” Bosnia-Herzegovina Since Dayton: Civic and Uncivic Values. Eds. Ola Listhaug and Sabrina Ramet. Ravenna: Longo Editore, 2013, 247-260.

80) “One Day—50 Years Later,” Slavic Review (72, 1) Spring 2013, 102-117.

81) “Kyrgyzstan between Democracy and Ethnic Intolerance.” Nationalities Papers (November, 2013).

82) «Раздвигая границы пространства и времени: Андрич, Солженицын и проблема историзма,» Жизнь и творчество Александра Солженицына: На пути к «Красному колесу. Moscow, 2013, 241-254.

83) “Trends in Higher Education Financing: A View from Bishkek.” Global Trends in Higher Education and their Impact on the Region. Ed. Aida Sagintayeva and Kairat Kurakbayev. Astana: Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education, 2013, pp. 111-113.

84) “The Novel as Carrier of Cultural Values:  Kice Kolbe’s The Gavrilov WomenCivic and Uncivic Values in Macedonia. Ed. Sabrina Ramet. Palgrave (2013).

85) “Death and the Dervish and the Logic of Sacrifice,” Serbian Studies Research (5: 1) 2014, 185-198.

86) “The Medieval Balkans: Major Historical Processes” in Everyday Life in the Balkans. ed. David Montgomery. Indiana University Press (forthcoming).

87) “Translator’s Introduction,” Pleiades (forthcoming).

88) “A Tale of Two Heroes,” forthcoming Region, 2016

89) “From The Museum of Unconditional Surrender to The Museum of Innocence: Museum Novels in the Age of Globalization and Virtualization” forthcoming SEEJ, 2016.

90) “Why Read Manas?” submitted to New Literary History.

91) “Merging Local Customs with the Liberal Arts in Central Asia,” American Universities Abroad The Leadership of Independent Transnational Higher Education

Institutions, eds. Ted Purinton and Jennifer Skaggs. American University of Cairo Press (forthcoming).

Editorials and Policy Papers

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).

12) “Liberal Arts Education as a Force for Social and Political Change in Central Asia, “ Education News, April 2, 2012 (

Republished in French as “Une nouvelle éducation plutôt que l’aide étrangère en Asie centrale.” (

13) “Tko zapravo bira gazdu Bjile kuće?” (Who Really Chooses the Occupant of the White House?), Globus (Zagreb, Croatia), November 2, 2012, 39-41.

14) “Will Catalonia Secede?” November 6, 2012

15) “Университеты и перспективы экономического развития Кыргызстана,” Ориентир (Winter 2014), 14-15.

16) “Publishing challenges for local Central Asian scholars” International Institute for Asian Studies Newsletter 70 (Spring 2015).

17) “Strengthening Kyrgyz Statehood,” Strategiia (3: 1), 2015, pp, 81-85.

Reviews and Interviews

57) Interview “On Translating the Poetry of Anzhelina Polonskaya.” Malahat Review

56) Review of Friderike Kind-Kovács, Written Here, Published There. Slavic and East European Journal (59:3), Fall, 2015, 455-56.

55) Interview on the work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (in Russian)

54) Review of Vlastimir Sudar, A Portrait of the Artist as a Political Dissident: The Life and Work of Aleksandar Petrović. Slavic and East European Journal Fall 2014, 182-83.

53) Review of The Fire Below: How the Caucasus Shaped Russia. The Political Quarterly. (85,1)  2014. 97-99.

52) Review of The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Russian Literature. Canadian-American Slavic Studies (forthcoming).

51) Evgeny Dobrenko and Galin Tihanov, "A History of Russian Literary and Theory" Russian Review (July 2012).

50) Mark Biondich, The Balkans: Revolution, War, and Political Violence since 1878. Nationalities Papers.

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.

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.

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.


Selected Translations:

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

Poetry by Anzhelina Polonskaya in dozens of international poetry journals including Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, The American Poetry Review, Plume, Kenyon Review, International Poetry Review, The Magazine of International PEN, The Malahat Review, World Literature Today, Poetry Salzburg Review, Poetry Review, Pleiades


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.

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.

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: 3), Winter, 1992), 91- 107.  

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 including 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,


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



Editorial Duties

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


Service to the Profession and Community

Consultant for the 5/100 project sponsored by the Russian Ministry of Education (2014 – present)

Chief of the Jury, “Balkanika” Literary Prize (2003—present)

Member of the ASEEES Committee to choose the winner of the Distinguished Service to the Slavic Studies Award (2014) Chair of the Committee (2015)

Member of the Advisory Board, Institute for Conflict, Security and Development Studies). Richmond University, UK (2012-14)

Member of the Jury—Meša Selimović Prize, Tuzla, (2008-2010)

Social Science Research Council Title VIII Selection Committee (2006-2009)

Association of Graduate Schools Executive Board, Member (2006-2009)

AAU Task force on Early Graduate Careers, Member (2006-2008)

Advisory Board Member: TUTA Theatre Company (2005-20110

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 (2004-2011

Member—Program Committee, Chicago Council on Global Affairs (2004-2011)

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, Region

Advisory Board: Central Europe

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


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, Middlebury College, Bowdoin College.


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.  My advisees have gone on to academic positions at Brown, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn., U. of Chicago, U.C, Davis, among others.




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