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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 V. Cheloukhina, Associate Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator, received her PhD and MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from the University of Toronto, and her undergraduate degree in Russian and English Languages and Literatures from the Rostov State Pedagogical University. Her research interests include nineteenth and twentieth century Russian literature, Acmeism, avant-garde, and the North Caucasus. She has authored a book on the Russian poet Nikolai Zabolotsky and articles on Acmeism, avant-garde, and cultural history and religion of the peoples of Karachaevo-Cherkessia. She has received Sloan, Mellon, Tahmysian, and PSC-CUNY Research Foundations grants and awards for her research and teaching.

Adjunct Faculty

Nataliya Gavrilova
Phone: 718-997-5983
Office: King 109

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: King 109


 Office Information

Department Chair:
David Andrew Jones
King Hall 207
718-997-5980 (phone)
718-997-5072 (fax)

Russian Undergraduate Coordinator:
Svetlana Cheloukhina
King Hall 211C


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