Melissa Miller

Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian
Faculty Fellow at the Nanovic Institute, Concurrent Professor of Gender Studies

Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian
116 Decio Faculty Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison

M.A., The University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin

Research and Teaching Interests

Russian literature and culture, the medical humanities, narrative medicine, second language acquisition, film studies, gender and sexuality studies


Professor Miller specializes in the medical humanities and Russian literature and culture from the 19th century to the present, with a special focus on depictions of women’s health.  She is the co-editor of a forthcoming volume titled The Russian Medical Humanities: Past and Present (Lexington Books, 2021), which brings together Russian and American scholars and health practitioners to explore a wide range of questions surrounding health and healthcare, illness and recovery in the Russian literary and cultural tradition. Her current project examines narrative medicine and women’s health in Russian literature of the long twentieth century. She is a concurrent faculty member in Gender Studies and a faculty fellow of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies at Notre Dame.

After studying abroad in Moscow for the first time as an undergraduate, Dr. Miller was captivated by Russian language and culture. She now draws upon this experience in both her own teaching and the study abroad trips she leads with Notre Dame students to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

In addition to this research, Dr. Miller also specializes in Russian language pedagogy and serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Russian at Notre Dame. She has many years of experience teaching all levels of Russian language, including immersive language teaching at the Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian at the Middlebury College Summer Language Schools.

Representative Publications and Accomplishments

Co-Editor (with Konstantin Starikov), The Russian Medical Humanities: Past and Present. Forthcoming from Lexington Books.

“Chekhov and Zola’s Naturalism.” The Russian Review 79.2 (2020): 293-308.

“The Hunt for an Eternal Legacy: Putin and the Vampire Legend in Modern Russia.” Co-authored with Colleen Lucey. Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Folklore Association Volume XXII (2018): 25-56.

“Какая роскошь! Darwin as Artist in Chekhov’s Fiction.” The Russian Review 77.3 (2018): 378-395.

“‘The Name-Day Party’: Reconceiving Childbirth in Chekhov and Tolstoy.” The Slavic and East European Journal 61.4 (2017): 737-754.