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Faculty and Staff

Thomas E. BirdThomas E. Bird

Associate Professor

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 College 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 Committee, sponsored by the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa.

Svetlana Vladislavovna Cheloukhina

Associate Professor and Coordinator of Russian Program
MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto
Diploma (equivalent of BA and MA), Rostov State Pedagogical University

Dr. Cheloukhina's research interests and publications include the articles on OBERIU, Acmeism, modernism, and the avant-garde. She has authored the book The Poetic Universe of Nikolai Zabolotsky (Moscow: Iazyki russkoi kul'tury, 2006). Her scholarship also concentrates on the cultural history of the many nationalities of Karachaevo-Cherkessia, the North Caucasus. Currently she is working on a monograph about Mikhail Zenkevich.

Dr. Cheloukhina has received Mellon, Sloan, Tahmysian, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation and other grants and awards for her research and teaching.

Adjunct Faculty

Nataliya Gavrilova
Phone: 718-997-5983
Office: Queens Hall 205

Kandidatskaya degree, Russian Literature, Tomsk State University
BA, English Language and Foreign Literature, Tomsk State University

Nataliya Gavrilova is a doctorate candidate in Comparative Literature at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her scholarly interests include: modern poetry; Russian and American poetry; the Cold War studies; bilingualism; modernism and postmodernism; poetics; translation studies; prosody; bilingualism.

She is an alumna of STARTALK Summer School for Teachers of Russian at Middlebury College, VT (2014).

Evgeniya Koroleva
Phone: 718-997-5983
Office: Queens Hall 205


 Office Information

Department Chair:
David Andrew Jones
Hall 200
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Russian Undergraduate Coordinator:
Svetlana Cheloukhina
Queens Hall 330B


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