Biographical Sketch

Lynne Ikach teaches courses in Russian language, literature, and culture, and advises the Russian and Russian studies majors. 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. Her research focuses on autobiographical genres and how they function as both literature and history; her most recent project is an analysis of the diaries of Lev and Sophia Tolstoy. In 2018 Professor Ikach created and taught a new course called Russian Spies and Statesmen in Their Own Words, which examines the memoirs of several Soviet-era spies and leaders.

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: The Role of the Diaries (and Homes) in the Struggle for Privacy, Power, and Public Perception." Presented at ASEEES Convention, San Antonio, November 23, 2014

  • "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, Faculty Council, 2017-present
  • Chair, Department of Classical and Modern Languages, 2000-03, 2013-15, 2018-present
  • Member of Reappointment, Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2015-17
  • English Language Support Coordinator, 1999-present
  • Program Advisor: Russian and Russian Studies Programs
  • Faculty Advisor to Russian Club
  • Chair, Regulations Subcommittee, 2014-15
  • 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


  • 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)