Lynne Ikach

Lynne Ikach

Professor of Russian

316 College Hall
(319) 895-4114

Cornell College
600 First Street West
Mount Vernon, IA 52314

Biographical Sketch

Lynne Ikach teaches courses in 19th and 20th-century Russian literature as well as beginning, intermediate, and advanced Russian language. She incorporates culture at all levels of language instruction and uses a wide range of materials in her courses, including online news articles, interviews, films, music videos, and literature. Professor Ikach's research focuses on Russian autobiographies, memoirs, and diaries; her most recent project is on the diaries and homes of Lev and Sophia Tolstoy.

Academic History

  • PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Dissertation: "Reinventing the Self: Narrative Persona in Five Autobiographical Works of Viktor B. Shklovsky," Maurice Friedberg, Advisor
  • MA in Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • BA in Russian Studies, Grand Valley State Colleges

Courses Taught

  • Beginning Russian Language
  • Intermediate Russian Language
  • Composition and Conversation
  • Language in Context
  • The "Other" in Russian Literature and Film (in English)
  • Classics of Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature (in English)
  • Change and Revolution in Russian Literature (in English)
  • Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian Literature and Film (in English)
  • Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
  • Twentieth-Century Russian Literature
  • Tutorial in Russian
  • Senior Capstone

Recent Public Presentations

  • "At Home with(out) the Tolstoys." Presented at Humanities and Arts Interest Group, Cornell College, December 2013.
  • "Pussy Riot: The Crime. The Trial. The Sentence. What Does It All Mean?" Presented at Cornell College, November 2012.
  • "Writing the Tolstoy Family in Letters, Diaries, and Memoirs." Presented at The Past, Present, and Future of the Book Conference, Cornell College, February 2012.
  • "An Ordinary Genre in Extraordinary Times: Remarkable Diaries from the Soviet Era." Presented at Humanities and Arts Interest Group, Cornell College, March 2008.

Service to the Cornell Community

  • Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 2000-03 and 2013-present
  • ESL Coordinator, 1999-present
  • Program Advisor: Russian and Russian Studies Programs
  • Faculty Advisor to Russian Club
  • Faculty Advisor to Native Americans at Cornell College
  • Chair, Regulations Subcommittee, 2014-present
  • Chair, Committee on Committees, 2003-05 and 2011-12
  • Chair, Writing Program Committee, 2010-11
  • Chair, Academic Affairs Committee, 2006-08
  • Humanities and Arts Interest Group Coordinator, 1996-2005


  • Modern Language Association (MLA)
  • American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL)
  • American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR)
  • Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES)