PhD Cand., Princeton University, Dr. Phil., Ukrainian Free University
Degrees from Syracuse University, Middlebury College, and Princeton
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
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
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.
Cheloukhina has received Mellon, Sloan, Tahmysian, PSC-CUNY Research
Foundation and other grants and awards for her research and teaching.
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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
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