David J. Birnbaum, Chair
Yuliya Basina
Nancy Condee
Kateryna Dowbenko
Ljiljana Duraskovic Jane G. Harris
Gerald McCausland Vladimir Padunov
Lenka Pankova

Oscar Swan
Martin Votruba

David J. Birnbaum
Department Chair

Degree: Ph.D., Harvard University

Specialties: Humanities computing, particularly the computer processing of medieval Slavic manuscripts. Slavic linguistics, particularly diachronic and synchronic phonology and morphology. Medieval Slavic texts.

Representative Publications

  • The Povest' vremennykh let: An Interlinear Collation and Paradosis (2003, assoc. ed.)
  • "Computer-Assisted Analysis and Study of the Structure of Mixed-Content Miscellanies" (2003)
  • Computational Approaches to the Study of Early and Modern Slavic Languages and Texts (2002, ed. with Anisava Miltenova and Sarah Slevinski)
  • "The Relationship Between General and Specific DTDs: Criticizing TEI Critical Editions" (2001)
  • "Designing a Russian Fairy Tales Course" (2001, with Suzanne Daly, Helena Goscilo, Julia Sagaidak Houkom, John Kachur, Gerald McCausland, Alexander Prokhorov, Petre Petrov, Irina Reyn, Dawn Seckler, and Benjamin Sutcliffe)
  • Medieval Slavic Manuscripts and SGML: Problems and Perspectives (2000, ed. with Anisava Miltenova)
  • "A TEI-Compatible Edition of the Rus' Primary Chronicle" (2000)
  • Proceedings of the First International Conference on Computer Processing of Medieval Slavic Manuscripts (1995, ed., with Andrej Bojadziev, Milena Dobreva, and Anisava Miltenova)
  • "The Problem of Anomalous Data" (1999, with David Mundie)
  • "Using the TEI Writing System Declaration (WSD)" (1999, with Mavis Cournane and Peter Flynn).

Courses Regularly Taught: Russian Fairy Tales, Medieval Rus'.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5712

E-mail Address: djbpitt@pitt.edu

Home page: http://clover.slavic.pitt.edu/~djb/



Yuliya Basina

Courses Taught at the University of Pittsburgh: Beginning Russian, Intermediate Russian, Advanced Russian, 4th-year Russian, Russian for Heritage Learners, Russian Conversation Practicum, Newspapers and Magazines, Russian Short Story in Context, Modern Russian Culture

Office Telephone: 412-624-5706

Email Address: basina@pitt.edu




Nancy Condee
Director of the Graduate Program for Cultural Studies (1995-2006)
Director of Graduate Studies

Degree: Ph.D., Yale University

Specialties: Contemporary Russian culture and cultural politics; Soviet cultural politics; late Soviet and post-Soviet cinema; imperial and postcolonial theory; popular culture.

Representative Publications

  • Articles in The Nation, October, New Left Review, Washington Post, Framework, Sight and Sound, New Formations
  • Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity (2008, ed. with Terry Smith and Okwui Enwezor)
  • "From Emigration to E-migration: Contemporaneity and the Former Second World."  Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity. 
  • "When Bakunin Moved in with Turgenev: Philiterature in the Empire." Boundary 2, 34: 1 (Spring 2007): 173-95
  • "Eurasia and Imperialism."  Debate participants include Gayatri Spivak and Harsha Ram.  PMLA 122:1 (January 2007): 360-61
  • "The Anti-Imperialist Empire and After: In Dialogue with Gayatri Spivak's 'Are You Postcolonial?'"  PMLA 120:3 (May 2006): 829-31.  Introduction by Gayatri Spivak
  • "Drowning or Waving? Some Remarks on Russian Cultural Studies."  Slavic and East European Journal, Special Issue: Fiftieth Anniversary.  50.1 (Spring 2006): 203-09
  • "Vicarious Catastrophe: The Empire Watches Death of the Empire." Pro et Contra (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace/ Carnegie Moscow Center), hard copy 4 (33) 2006: 29-37; online 10: 4 (September 2006): 29-37 at http://www.carnegie.ru/en/pubs/procontra/vol10num4-full.pdf
  • "Learnings of Borat for Make Benefit Cultural Studies."  Review of Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of KazakhstanThe Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12 November 2006: H-6.
  • "As Much Happiness as Unhappiness."  Essay-review of Sergei Ursuliak, dir.  Dolgoe proshchanie (Long Farewell).  Kinokultura  (October 2005), online at http://www.bris.ac.uk/kinokultura/  
  • "Russkoe kino za rubezhom."  Seans [Seance] 19-20 (2005): 194
  • "Muratova's Well-Tempered Scam."  Essay-review of Kira Muratova, dir.  Nastroishchik (The Tuner).  Kinokul'tura  (January 2005) online at http://www.bris.ac.uk/kinokultura/
  • "Obrazovanie v antropologii i sotsial'nykh naukakh."  Antropologicheskii Forum St. Petersburg 3 (2005): 70-79
  • "Imperialism Ectoplasm."  Kinokultura 6 (October 2004): electronic journal (http://www.bris.ac.uk/kinokultura/)
  • Kondi, Nensi.  "Putenitsa sovremennosti: imperiia i natsiia."  Kul'tura Post.  Voronezh: Voronezh State University, 2004
  • September 11th, A Year On: Research Symposium. Special Issue of Critical Quarterly. Vol. 45, Number 3 (2003, ed. with Colin MacCabe)
  • "Otstuplenie o geroe."  Iskusstvo kino 10 (2003): 72-73
  • "Subtropical Cinema: Kinotavr, Collective Heroes and the Small Screen."  Kinokul'tura (June 2003): http://www.bris.ac.uk/kinokultura/ (with Vladimir Padunov)
  • Kino ottepeli.  CD-rom database on Soviet Thaw cinema (Executive Producer, 2002)
  • Endquote: Literary Sots-Art and Soviet Grand Style (2000, ed. with Marina Balina and Evgeny Dobrenko)
  • "The Death of Russian Cinema, or Sochi: Russia's Last Resort."  Russia at the End of the Twentieth Century: Culture and Its Horizons in Politics and Society.  Comp and ed. Gregory Freidin.  Stanford University, 2000.  www.stanford.edu/group/Russia20/volume/
  • "Uncles, Deviance, and Ritual Combat: The Cultural Codes of Khrushchev's Thaw.  The Khrushchev Era: A Reappraisal. Ed. William Taubman, Sergei Khrushchev, and Abbott Gleason (2000): 160-76.  Russian version "Kul'turnye kody 'Ottepeli.'"  Tr. N. Mikhailova.  Russkaia literatura XX veka: napravleniia i techeniia.  Vypusk 3 (Ekaterinburg 1996): 167-182
  • "No Glory, No Majesty, or Honor: The Russian Idea and Inverse Value." Russia on Reels: The Russian Idea in Post-Soviet Cinema. Ed. Birgit Beumers (1999): 25-33
  • "Body Graphics: Tattooing the Fall of Communism."  Consuming Russia: Popular Culture, Sex, and Society since Gorbachev.  Ed. Adele Barker (1999)  339-61.  German version "Körperzeichnungen: Der Zusammenbruch des Kommunismus." Berliner Debatte Initial 13: 1 (2002): 71-88.  Russian version "Grafika na tele: tatuirovki i krakh kommunizma."  Tr. N. S. Vnuchenko.  Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie 39 (1999): 101-18
  • "Why Cultural Studies Matters." Carnegie Mellon University Series: Lectures on Demand. 24 October 1998. Streaming audio file: http://lectures.eserver.org/1002
  • "Les cinemas russe et sovietique." Cinemas d'Europe du Nord: de Fritz Lang à von Trier. Ed. Lucy Lean (1998): 247-55
  • "Konets stoletiia? konets chernukhi?" Iskusstvo kino 3-4 (1998): 169-70
  • "The Second Mother Fantasy, or All Baths are Women's Baths."  Russia * Women * Culture: From Bathhouse to Ballroom.  Ed. Helena Goscilo and Beth Holmgren (1996).  Russian version Vse bani-zhenskie bani." Iskusstvo kino 5 (1997): 76-81
  • "Desiat' zametok s 'Kinotavra.'"  Iskusstvo kino 10 (1996): 98-100
  • "The Relentless Cult of Novelty, or How to Wreck the Century: Rethinking Soviet Studies." Beyond Soviet Studies. Ed. Daniel Orlovsky (1995): 289-304
  • Soviet Hieroglyphics: Visual Culture in Late 20th Century Russia (1994, ed) 
  • "The ABC of Russian Consumer Culture: Readings, Ratings, and Real Estate." Soviet Hieroglyphics (with Vladimir Padunov)
  • "Pair-a-Dice Lost: The Socialist Gamble, Market Determinism, and Compulsory Postmodernism."  New Formations 22 (Spring 1994).  Special issue entitled Postcommunism: Rethinking the Second World.  72-94 (with Vladimir Padunov).  Russian version "Proigrannyi rai: Ruletka sotsializma, rynochnyi determinizm i postmodernizm po obiazatel'oi programme." Iskusstvo kino 9 (1992): 72-81.  Reprinted in Novaia volna: russkaia kul'tura i subkul'tury na rubezhe 80-90 godov.  Ed. Nadezhda Azhgikhina (1994): 4-19

  • "Perestroika Suicide: Not By Bred Alone." The Harriman Institute Forum 5.5 (January 1992) (with Vladimir Padunov).  Reprinted in Stanford Slavic Studies.  Russian Culture in Transition: Selected Papers of the Working Group for the Study of Contemporary Russian Culture 1990-1991.  Ed. Gregory Freidin.  Vol. 7 (1993): 91-122.  Russian version "Samoubiistvo perestroiki: ne bredom edinym."  Tr. I. Chabanov.  Znamia 1 (1992): 209-12

  • "Makulakul'tura: Reprocessing Culture."  October 57 (Summer 1991): 79-103.  Reprinted in Stanford Slavonic Studies: 53-80 (with Vladimir Padunov).  Russian version "Makulakul'tura ili vtorichnaia pererabotka kul'tury." Tr. F. and O. Urnovy. Voprosy literatury 1 (1991): 101-26

  • "The Cultural Combat Zone: Where is the DMZ?" Soviet Union/Union Sovietique 15.2-3 (1988): 167-185 (with Vladimir Padunov)

  • "Frontiers of Soviet Culture: Reaching the Limits?" The Harriman Institute Forum 1.5 (1988): 1-8 (with Vladimir Padunov).  Reprinted in The Soviet Union 1988: Essays from the Harriman Institute Forum.  Ed. Paul Lerner (1989)

  • "'New' Soviet Cinema: Once Again the Most Important Art."  San Francisco International Film Festival Catalogue (1988): 32-37 (with Vladimir Padunov)

  • "The Outposts of Official Art: Recharting Soviet Cultural History."   Framework 34 (1987): 59‑106 (with Vladimir Padunov)

  • "Spring Cleaning in Moscow's House of Cinema."  Lead article in Forty-First International Edinburgh Film Festival Catalogue (1987): 6‑9 (with Vladimir Padunov)

  • "Reforming Soviet Culture: Retrieving Soviet History."  The Nation 13 June 1987: 815‑820 (with Vladimir Padunov)

  • "Soviet Cultural Politics and Cultural Production." IREX Occasional Papers 2 (1987): 1-21 (with Vladimir Padunov)

Courses Regularly Taught: Empire and Nation; Stalin Cinema; Russian Culture.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5706

E-mail Address: condee@pitt.edu



Ljiljana Duraskovic

Office Telephone: 412-624-9958

E-mail Address: ljiljana@pitt.edu



Jane G. Harris
Undergraduate Advisor

Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University

Specialties: Nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian poetry; non-fictional prose (autobiography, the essay, the journal, and women's journalism); Acmeism; autobiography; poetics; Mandel'shtam; Lydia Ginzburg.

Representative Publications

  • Osip Mandelstam: The Complete Critical Prose and Letters (1979, 1991 ed. and tr.)
  • Osip Mandelstam (1988)
  • American Contributions to the 10th International Congress of Slavists (1988, ed.)
  • Autobiographical Statements in 20th Century Russian Literature (1990, ed)
  • Lydia Ginzburg: In Memoriam [Festschrift] (1994, ed.)
  • Scholar, Writer, and Witness: Selected Writings of Lydia Ginzburg (ed. and tr.)
  • New project: Women's Discourse and the Russian Pre-Revolutionary Periodical Press.

Courses Regularly Taught: Silver Age; 19th and 20th century Russian literature; Russian poetry; Russian language.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5708

E-mail Address: jgharris@pitt.edu



Gerald McCausland
Russian Language Program Coordinator

Degree: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Office Telephone: 412-624-0526

E-mail Address: gmmst11@pitt.edu



Vladimir Padunov
Associate Director, Film Studies Program

Degree: Ph.D., Cornell University

Specialties: Russian cultural and intellectual history; 19th- and 20th-century novel and novel theory; Dostoevsky; literary and critical theory; 20th-century drama; Russian visual and popular culture; history of Russo-Soviet film.

Representative Publications

  • Star Above Almaty: Kazakh Cinema Between 1998 and 2003 KinoKultura 1 (2004)
  • On the Benefits of Cine-Lingualism Iskusstvo kino 11 (1998)
  • Views of the Present As Visions of the Past Iskusstvo kino 10 (1996)
  • 'Large Loose Baggy Monsters': The Poetics of Excess in Contemporary Russian Culture Iskusstvo kino 7 (1996)

Courses Regularly Taught: contemporary Russian culture; history of Russo-Soviet film; Dostoevsky; Tolstoy; proseminar.

Office Telephone: 412-624-5713

E-mail Address: padunov@pitt.edu



Oscar Swan

Degree: Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Specialties: Polish and Russian linguistics; Old Church Slavic; syntactic and semantic theory; language pedagogy; materials development; Polish literature and culture.

Major Book-Length Publications 

  • Holy Week by Jerzy Andrzejewski. A translation from the Polish, forthcoming, Ohio University Press, 2006
  • Tales of My Wife. A Polish glossed reader, forthcoming. Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica Publishers, 2006
  • Russian Sounds and Inflections. Columbus, Ohio: Bloomington, Indiana: Slavica, forthcoming, 2006
  • Grammar of Contemporary Polish. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 2002. Awarded best work in Slavic Linguistics by AATSEEL, 2004
  • W labiryncie (Labyrinth of Life), with Wieslaw Oleksy. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1993
  • Beginning Slovak. with Silvia Galova-Lorinc. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1990
  • Intermediate Polish. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1986
  • A Private War by Buno Shatyn. A translation from the Polish. Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1985
  • First Year Polish. Columbus, Ohio: Slavica, 1980 

Recent Article: "Andrzej Wajda's Film Holy Week: What is its Problem?" The Polish Review, vol L, no. 3, 2005,  343-353.

Courses Regularly Taught: Polish; Polish Short Story; Polish Literature and Culture; Old Church Slavic; Structure of Russian; Russian morphology, Polish Through Film, Polish over the World Wide Web 

Awards: Best work in Slavic Linguistics, 2004 (for A Grammar of Contemporary Polish). Awarded by American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.
Amicus Poloniae
award by Poland magazine for Intermediate Polish, 1986.

Website: The Polish Language Website http://polish.slavic.pitt.edu is devoted to the teaching of the Polish language worldwide. Access to it is free. It contains an on-line Polish dictionary, a reference grammar, a first-year Polish course, computer-graded language quizzes, a collection of Polish short stories, a Polish songbook, and downloadable installments of the Polish soap opera "W labiryncie".

Office Telephone: 412-624-5707

E-mail Address: swan@pitt.edu



Martin Votruba

Degrees: Diploma in English Studies (FS), University of Edinburgh, Scotland; PhDr. and Ph.D., Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Specialties: Slovak studies — language, history, literature, culture; Slovak and West Slavic linguistics; Communism and its collapse in Central Europe.

Representative Publications: “Trends in 20th Century Slovak Filmmaking,” Slovakia 37; “Linguistic Minorities in Slovakia.” in: Linguistic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.; A Slovak-English Contrastive Grammar (revised ed. 2008); guest editor, KinoKultura, Special Issue 3: Slovak Cinema; “Hang Him High: The Elevation of Jánošík to an Ethnic Icon.” Slavic Review 65; “Comments on ‘Culture and Politics — Rivals or Allies?’” in: The Slovak Republic: A Decade of Independence.; “Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking.” in: KinoKultura, Special Issue 3; “Slovakia After the Velvet Revolution: A Tale of Two Intelligentsias.” Slavic Almanach 3; “Highwayman’s Life: Extant Documents about Jánošík.” Slovakia 39.

Courses Regularly Taught: Slovak, Czech, and Central European Cinema; Slovak Transatlantic Cultures; The Year Communism Crumbled; A Survey of Slovak History and Culture; Slovak language.

Office Telephone: (412) 624-5705

E-mail Address: votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu

Slovak Website: http://www.pitt.edu/~votruba/


Kateryna Dowbenko

Courses Regularly Taught: Ukrainian language


Lenka Pankova
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