Russian Studies

John Bartle, Chair, Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures (Russian)

B.A., Rutgers University; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University
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Areas of expertise: translation studies, refugee studies, 19th-century Russian literature, Russian film, English as a second language and outreach programs, especially in Utica, N.Y.

John Bartle’s recent work includes The Refugee Project, a collaborative effort of Hamilton faculty and students to document the lives of refugee communities in Central New York. Project members have interviewed more than 30 refugees, completed two short films and are building an interactive archive. Bartle has written extensively on F.M. Dostoevsky, including articles in Russian Language Journal, Canadian Slavic Studies and Romantic Russia. He also has published translations of Dostoevsky's journalistic works. As a longtime associate editor for reviews for the Slavic and East European Journal, Bartle has solicited, secured, edited and published more than 2,000 book reviews.

Shoshana Keller, Professor of History

B.A., Carleton College; M.A., Indiana University; Ph.D., Indiana University
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Areas of expertise: Russian and Soviet history, Central Eurasian history and history of the modern Middle East

Shoshana Keller focuses on Soviet and Central Asian history and has written on the Stalinist campaign against Islam, women and women's education, and the creation of Soviet Uzbek history. Keller is the author of To Moscow, Not Mecca (2001, Praeger Publishers) and most recently an essay on the origins of coerced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields. She teaches Russian history from the Vikings to Putin as well as courses in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history. Keller is beginning a new project on the creation of modern childhood in Soviet Central Asia.

Sharon Werning Rivera, Associate Professor of Government

B.A., University of California at Davis; M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); M.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Areas of expertise: democratization, Russian politics, elite transformation and diffusion of ideas

Sharon Werning Rivera, who earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan, specializes in the post-communist countries of Eurasia with an emphasis on Russia. Rivera's research and teaching interests are in the field of comparative politics with emphases on democratization, elite political culture, the transformation of elites in post-communist settings and the diffusion of ideas. Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies and elsewhere. Also, she has published pedagogical articles on the use of active learning strategies in the classroom. In 2012-13 she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation.

Frank Sciacca, the Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures (Russian)

B.A., Columbia College; M.A., Columbia University; Ph.D., Columbia University
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Areas of expertise: Russian language, 20th-century Russian literature and art, Russian Orthodox Church, Russian and Ukrainian folklore and folk culture, food politics and culture

Franklin Sciacca has lectured extensively on Russian Orthodox iconography and East Slavic folklore. He has contributed articles to Slavic Review, Nabokov Almanac, Proceedings of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery, and Journal of the Slavic, East European and Eurasian Folklore Association. Sciacca's ongoing research interests include the history of Pochayiv Monastery and the ritual function of textiles in Ukrainian folkways. He has been a faculty member at Hamilton since 1984 and earned a doctorate and master's from Columbia University.