Russian Program Faculty

Program chair: Lynne Ikach | Contact info

Lynne Ikach, Professor of Russian, teaches a wide range of courses in Russian language and literature from 1800 to the present, and she advises the Russian studies major. She has also developed a number of Russian Web resources and teaches the course Language in Context which builds advanced language skills through contemporary sources such as on-line magazines and news sites, films, interviews, and letters. Her research focuses on autobiographical genres and how they function as both literature and history, and she is currently working on a project involving several Russian diaries from the 1930s. Ph.D. and M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.A., Grand Valley State Colleges (Allendale, MI) 

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Robert Givens, Professor of History, teaches courses in Russian and Soviet history including Revolutionary and Soviet Russia, and the off-campus course Russia Today. Givens earned a Fulbright award for 2008-09 and spent September-January teaching at the School of International Relations at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, where he also taught as a Fulbright Scholar in 1999-2000. He also used this time to research changing interpretations of the Stalinist period. Givens serves as faculty advisor to Cornell's international relations program. Ph.D., M.A., and B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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