Faculty Building Director, Founders Hall & Green Hall
B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Oxford University; A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University
Spring office hours (through 5/2/17): Tuesdays 11:00-12:00, Fridays 11:00-1:00, and by appointment
Founders Hall 414
Professor of Russian
Interests include history of 19th-century Russian literature, Russian nature-writing, and Russian music.
I have devoted most of my research to the nexus of Russian literature and Russian music in the 1800s, and to the history of nineteenth-century Russian nature-writing and hunting literature. My current work is a book-length analysis of Turgenev as a nature writer: Hunting Nature: Ivan Turgenev and the Organic World. I'm also co-editing an anthology of Russian nature-writing in English translation.
Over the years I've taught a dozen different courses, though now I focus on elementary Russian language and nineteenth-century Russian novels and poems. I teach these literature courses in both English and Russian. In 2000, with Professor Marianne Moore of the Biological Sciences Department, I co-founded Lake Baikal: The Soul of Siberia, a course that sends a dozen Wellesley students to the great lake every other year.
I write occasional program notes for the Salzburg Festival's concerts of Russian music, as well as liner notes for Deutsche Grammophon. I also collaborate with local musicians who feature Russian repertoire.
In college I played catcher for four years on the varsity baseball team; here's some grainy video evidence from March 1983: Bunt | Tag. These days I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children, commuting on my bike, cooking, catch-and-release fly-fishing, fly-tying, birdwatching, canoeing, hiking, camping, and playing squash.