Curriculum Vitae


Professional Employment:

Middlebury College, Russian Dept.,
Professor 1983-4, 1985-present
(tenured 1990)

Middlebury College School in the Soviet Union Resident Director 1985-86, 1988-89

University of Virginia, Dept. of Slavic Langs. & Lits. Lecturer 1984-85

Middlebury Russian School, Summer 1984, 1985, 1987, 1992

Cornell University, Dept. of Russian Literature, TA 1982-83

Cornell University, Dept. of Modern Langs. & Linguistics, TA 1980-81

Cornell University, Emphasis on Writing, TA, Summer 1980



Cornell University PhD. in Russian Literature 1984

Pushkin Institute, Moscow, ACTR Ten Month Program 1981-82

Bryn Mawr College, The Russian Language Institute, Summer 1981

Cornell University, Emphasis on Writing, Summer 1980

Graduate Assistant Training, Summer 1980 Program in Modern Foreign Languages

Beograd University History of Art 1977-78

Zagreb University Macalester College Program 1975-76

Norwich University Russian School, Summer 1974

Amherst College BA 1977 (Interdisciplinary: Russian, History, 1973-77)



Russian, Hungarian, Serbo-Croatian, French, Ancient Greek

Fellowships, Honors

Lillian Robinson Scholar, Simone de Beauvoir Institute 2008

IREX Individual Advanced Research Grant 2007 (Three Gay Films from Former Yugoslavia)

National Endowment for the Humanities 1996 (Translation of Evgenii Kharitonov's Short Fiction)

Social Sciences Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship 1988-90

A. D. White Graduate Fellowship, Cornell 1978-82

Fulbright Scholarship 1977-78 (Beograd, Yugoslavia: History of Medieval Serbian Art

Phi Beta Kappa, Amherst College 1977


Publications (some available as PDF files)

“Vergini giurate e prostitute travestite: performance di genere e sessualità in due film jugoslavi”, tr. Irene Dioli, eSamizdat 2008 (VI) 2-3, pp. 111-122.

"Queer as Metaphor: Representations of LGBT People in Central and Eastern European Film," in Kuhar, Roman and Judit Takacs, eds. 2006. Beyond the Pink Curtain: Everyday Life of LGBT People in Eastern Europe. Peace Institute (Politike Symposion): Ljubljana, 249-267.

“Who’s Renting These Boys? Wiktor Grodecki’s Czech Hustler Documentaries,” InterAlia: An Online Journal of Queer Studies 1 (2006).

'Ja nisam prava zena:' Gender and Sexuality in Two Memoirs from Beograd."Hodzic A. & J. Postic (Eds.). Transgressing Gender: Two is not Enough for Gender (E)quality: The Conference Collection. Zagreb: CESI & Women's Room, 2006, 290-308. In Croatian: "'Ja nisam prava zena: rod i seksualnost u dvama memoarima iz Beograda." Hodzic A. & J. Postic (Eds.) Transgresija roda: spolna/rodna ravnopravnost znaci vise od binarnosti; zbornik konferencijskih radova. Zagreb: CESI & Zenska soba, 2006, 286-302. 2.

"From Sworn Virgins to Transvestite Prostitutes: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Two Films from Yugoslavia," in Aleksandar Stulhofer and Theo Sandfort, eds., Sexuality and Gender in Postcommunist Eastern Europe and Russia. NY: Haworth Pr., 2005, 79-94.

"Jugoslovenski transdzender heroji: Virdzina i Marble Ass." Rec, Br. 67.13 (Sept., 2002), 327-347.

trans., Evgeny Kharitonov, "Tears on Flowers," in Crossing Centuries: the New Russian Poetry. Jersey City, NJ: Talisman House, 2000, 340-348.

Entries on "Russian Literature" and "Russia" in George Haggerty, ed., Gay Histories and Cultures : An Encyclopedia (Encyclopedia of Lesbian and Gay Histories and Cultures , Vol 2). NY: Garland Pub., 2000.

Edited section on Russia and Eastern Europe and contributed 3 entries to Robert Aldrich & Gary Wotherspoon, eds., Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History. London: Routledge, 2000.

Ed. and trans., Out of the Blue: Russia's Hidden Gay Literature. San Francisco: Gay Sunshine Press, 1997.

trans., Olga Freidenberg. Image and Concept: Mythopoetic Roots of Literature, Vol. 2 in Sign/Text/Culture: Studies in Slavic and Comparative Semiotics. Amsterdam: Harwood Academic Publishers, 1997.

"The Bacchae and The Master and Margarita," Elementa, Vol. 3, No. 2 (1996), 129-42.

"The Underground Closet: Political and Sexual Dissidence in Eastern Europe," in Ellen E. Berry, ed., Genders 22: Postcommunism and the Body Politic (1995), 229- 251.

trans., Evgeny Kharitonov, "One Boy's Story: 'How I Got Like That'" in Mark Mitchell, ed., The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (NY: Viking, 1995), 366-71.

"Ol'ga Freidenberg i marrizm," Voprosy iazykoznaniia, 1994, no. 5 (Sept-Oct.), 98- 106.

"A Russian Culture Course Based on a Semiotic Pattern," Russian Language Journal, XLVII, Nos. 156-158 (1993), 3-15.

"A Russian Munchausen: Aesopian Translation," in Inside Soviet Film Satire: Laughter with a Lash, ed. Andrew Horton (Cambridge: 1993), 20-35.

Response to Nina Perlina, "Ol'ga Freidenberg on Myth, Folklore, and Literature," Slavic Review, vol. 50, No. 2 (Summer 1991), 383-4.

"Russkii khor Middlebury Kolledzha," Russkii iazyk za rubezhom. 1989, No. 4, 6-17.

Middlebury Russian Choir Songbook, Babel, 1988 (Compilation, musical transcription, textual transcription and transliteration of over half the songs).

"The Last Word in Fiction: On Significant Lies in Boris Godunov," Slavic and East European Journal,Vol. 32, No. 2 (1988), 187-97.

"Bulgakov's Master and Margarita: Masking the Supernatural and the Secret Police," Russian Language Journal, Vol. 38, Nos. 129-30 (1984), 115-131.

"A Typology of Embedded Texts in The Brothers Karamazov," Slavic Review, Vol. 42, No. 2 (June, 1983), 253-57.

"Comparative Adjectives with the Prefix po-," Soviet-American Contributions to the Study and Teaching of Russian: Theory, Strategies, and Tools, and Russian Language Journal, Vol. 36, No. 125 (1982), 157-64.



Laurie Essig, Queer in Russia: A Story of Sex, Self, and the Other, Slavic and East European Journal, Vol 45, No. 1 (Spring, 2001), 160-61.

Heather MacDonald, Kitchen Talk, USSR and Kiev Blue, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, 22, No. 1 (1995), 96-99.

Catherine Portuges, Screen Memories: The Hungarian Cinema of Márta Mészáros, Slavic Review, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Winter 1993), 862-63.

Riitta Pittman, The Writer's Divided Self in Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita, The Russian Review, Vol. 52, No. 3 (July 1993), 420-21.

Richard Taylor and Ian Christie, eds., Inside the Film Factory: New Approaches to Russian and Soviet Cinema, Slavic Review, Vol. 51, No. 4 (Winter, 1992), 843-4.

Another Way (Egymásra nézve), Slavic Review, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Fall, 1992), 564- 65.



The Middlebury Russian Choir: Little Golden Bee (2000)

The Middlebury Russian Choir: Mnogaya Leta / Many Years (1993)



Central European University (Budapest, Hungary): “They’re not Really Lesbians: Representing LGBT People in Films from ex-Yugoslavia,” May, 2008.

University of California at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE, Budapest): “Theorizing Queer: Useful Concepts from Butler and Sedgwick,” May, 2008.

GUVShE (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia): “Teoretiziruja queer: poleznye kontsepty ot Butler do Sedgwick,” April, 2008.

McGill University, “Kuzmin, Kharitonov, and Russian Gay Identity,” Mar. 2008.

Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, Montreal, “They’re not Really Lesbians: Representing LGBT People in Films from ex-Yugoslavia,” Feb. 2008.

Sociology Department, University of Zagreb, Croatia, “Theorizing Queer: Useful Concepts from Butler and Sedgwick,” Dec. 2007.

Sociology Department, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, “Homosexuals without Faggotry: Representing LGBT People in Films from ex-Yugoslavia,” Dec. 2007.

Comparative Literature Department, University of Zagreb, Croatia, “Homoseksualci bez pederluka: Representing LGBT People in Films from ex-Yugoslavia,” Dec. 2007.

Ilegalni Bioskop, TkH Center for Performing Arts Theory and Practice, Beograd, Serbia, “Yugoslav Transgender Heroes: Performing Gender and Sexuality in Virgina, Marble Ass, and Go West,” Nov. 2007.

APA (Eastern Division, Washington DC) “Getting the Gay Millennials,” Dec. 2006.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Washington, DC) Roundtable on “Kuzmin’s Wings at 100: Russian Decadence and Coming-Out Manifestos,” November, 2006.

Middlebury College, “Gender(ed) Tricks: Transvestisms and Gay Cruising in Beograd,” Oct. 11, 2006.

Intimate / Sexual Citizenship (Ljubljana): " Gender(ed) Tricks: Transvestisms and Gay Cruising in Beograd," October, 2005.

Transgressing Gender Conference (Zagreb):"'Ja nisam prava zena: Gender and Sexuality in Two Memoirs from Beograd" and introductory remarks to the film Marble Ass, October, 2005.

ICCEES VII World Congress (Berlin): "Gay Spies and Lesbian Dissidents: Queers in Classic Hungarian Films," July, 2005.

Grinnell College & Cornell College (IA): "Russian Gay Manifestoes," March, 2005.

Georgetown University: Queer European Cinema series, "Karoly Makk's Another Way," February, 2005.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Boston): "Straight Eye for the Queer Guy: Russian Fairy-Tale Films," December, 2004.

Europe without Homophobia (Wroclaw, Poland): "Homophobia in Practice: Wiktor Grodecki's Czech Hustler Documentaries," May, 2004.

GUVShE (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia): "Podpol'nyi chulan: seksual'noe i politicheskoe dissidentstvo v kul'ture vostochnoi evropy," January, 2004.

Middlebury College Faculty Lecture Series: "Russian Gay Manifestoes," October, 2003.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (New York): "Kuzmin and Kharitonov's Gay Manifestoes," December, 2002.

Bowdoin College & Colby College (ME): "Russian Gay Manifestoes," April, 2002.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (New Orleans): "Gender Trouble in Karanovic's Virgina," December, 2001.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Crystal City, VA): " Performing Identities: Sexuality and Nationality in Kharitonov's Work," November, 2001.

Sexualities in Transition (Dubrovnik, Croatia): "From Sworn Virgins to Transvestite Prostitutes: Performing Gender & Sexuality in Two Films from Yugoslavia," June, 2001.

Wesleyan Queer Awareness Days (Middletown, CT): "Who's Renting These Boys? Pornography, Prostitution, and the Straight Male Gaze in Eastern Europe," April, 2001.

Stonewall Center Series (UMass, Amherst): "Who's Renting These Boys? Pornography, Prostitution, and the Straight Male Gaze in Eastern Europe," Oct., 2000.

Great Falls Forum (Lewiston, ME): "The Winding Road to Civil Unions in Vermont," Sept., 2000

ICCEES VI World Congress (Tampere, Finland): "How Do We Look? Queers in Central & Eastern European Film," August, 2000.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (San Francisco): "Who's Renting These Boys? Wiktor Grodecki's Czech Hustler Documentaries," Dec., 1998.

OutWrite '98 (Boston) Chair of roundtable "Tongues Untied" on queer writing in translation, Feb., 1998.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (Toronto): "War's a Drag: Constructing Sexualities in Zelimir Zilnik's 'Marble Ass,'" Dec., 1997.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Seattle): "The Politics of Gay Identity in Eastern Europe," Nov., 1997.

Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and University Triangle Association, University of Texas, Austin: "Coming Out in Russia and Eastern Europe" October, 1997.

Smith College: "Gay in Russia & Eastern Europe: Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity" April, 1997.

Middlebury College Faculty Lecture Series: "Is Anybody Gay Here? Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity in Eastern Europe" February, 1997.

George Washington University: "Russia's Hidden Gay Literature" February, 1997.

Harriman Institute and the Institute on East Central Europe at Columbia University: "Are There Gays in Eastern Europe?" December, 1996.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Boston) "Russian Gay Journals: Hard Facts and Soft Porn" Nov., 1996.

University of California at Berkeley, Slavic Colloquium: "Imagined Communities: Are There Gay People in Eastern Europe?" May, 1996.

International Conference on Homosexuality (Ljubljana, Slovenia): "Queer Nationalism" August, 1995.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (San Diego) "Queering the Author: Homophobia and Iudophobiia in Kharitonov" and Roundtable: "Roman Viktiuk and Gay Theater" Dec. 1994.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Philadelphia) Roundtable: "Russian Sexualities: Literary Representations," Nov., 1994.

Clifford Symposium (Middlebury College) Building Bridges "Across Nationalities, Across Sexualities," Sept. 17, 1994.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Honolulu) "Political and Sexual Dissidence in Károly Makk's Another Way," and Roundtable: "Golubye i rozovye: Gay and Lesbian Life in Russia," Nov., 1993.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (New York) "What's Cooking in Kharitonov's Dukhovka?" Dec., 1992.

Abernethy Series (Middlebury College) "The Underground Closet: a Gay Perspective on East European Culture," April 15, 1992.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Miami) "Boundaries of Fiction in Bulgakov: How We Know What We Can't Know," Nov., 1991.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (Chicago) "Freidenberg and Marr" Dec., 1990.

The Satirical and Comic Perspective in Soviet Cinema (Loyola University, New Orleans) "A Russian Munchausen," Oct., 1990.

MAPRJaL VII International Congress (Moscow) "Semioticheskii podkhod k kursu po sovetskoi kul'ture", Aug., 1990.

NEMLA Annual Meeting (Toronto) Chair: "Twentieth-Century Russian Literature," April, 1990.

LGU, 19aia mezhvuzovskaia nauchno-metodicheskaia konferentsiia prepodavatelei i aspirantov: "Byla li Freidenberg marristkoi?" (in absentia), Mar., 1990.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (Washington) "The Bacchae and The Master and Margarita." Chair: "Memoir and Autobiographical Literature," Dec., 1989.

NEMLA Annual Meeting (Providence) "Bulgakov and Pushkin," Mar., 1988.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (San Francisco) "Olga Freidenberg's Retrospective Diary," Dec., 1987.

Chernobyl: Perspectives from the Humanities (V.C.U., Richmond, VA) "Chernobyl: The View from Moscow," April 1, 1987.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (Washington, DC) "Russian Culture: A Course Based on a Semiotic Pattern," Dec., 1984.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (New York) "Two Views of Parody: Mikhail Bakhtin and Olga Freidenberg," Dec., 1983.

AATSEEL Annual Meeting (Chicago) "Master and Margarita: Masking Devices and the Supernatural," Dec., 1982.

SACRL-II (Chicago) "Comparative Adjectives with the Prefix po-," Sept., 1981.

AAASS Annual Meeting (Asilomar) "A Typology of Embedded Texts in The Brothers Karamazov," Sept., 1981.

Director, Middlebury Russian Choir

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