PhD Cand., Princeton University, Dr. Phil., Ukrainian Free University
Degrees from Syracuse University, Middlebury College, and Princeton University
19th- and 20th-century Russian and Belarusan literature
Thomas Bird teaches undergraduate courses in Russian language and literature, covering the spectrum from Medieval to post-Soviet writing, Russian Women Writers, Byzantium and the Slavs, and Russian Culture and Thought.
Bird has supervised the Russian Study Abroad Program in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Kiev.
At Queens Colege Thomas Bird has served as Acting Chair of the Slavic Department, Liaison for the Dobro Slovo Society (the National Slavic Honor Society), Deputy Chair of the European Languages/Literatures Department, member of the Executive Committee of the College's Academic Senate, member of the Executive Committee of the University Faculty Senate, President and Historian of Sigma Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa, Director of the Scholars Program, and Coordinator of the Spring Slavic Lecture Series.
Thomas Bird has received the Presidential Teaching Award and has served on the faculty of three summer seminars in the field of Russian studies sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is currently Chair of the Christian Gauss Literary Award Coommittee, sponsored by the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.