Russian Faculty

David Gasperetti

David Gasperetti

Associate Professor of Russian
Ph.D. 1985, University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Gasperetti is the author of The Rise of the Russian Novel: Carnival, Stylization, and Mockery of the West (1998) and is currently working on a monograph tracing the Russian conception of novel writing from its origins in the 18th Century to the Golden Age of the novel in the mid-19th Century. His teaching interests include 19th- and early 20th-Century Russian literature, parody, and the relationship between narrative and systems of belief.

Office:  102 Decio Hall | Phone: 631-5622 | Email | CV
Fall 2021 Office Hours:  MWF 10:30-12:00.  Meetings can be in-person or via Zoom. For those students not currently enrolled in a class with Professor Gasperetti, please email him for a meeting at


Thomas G. Marullo

Professor of Russian
Ph.D. 1975, Cornell University; M.B.A. 1989, Indiana University at South Bend

Beyond numerous articles, papers, and reviews, Professor Marullo is the author of Ivan Bunin: Russian Requiem (1885-1920) (1993); Ivan Bunin: From the Other Shore (1920-1933) (1995); If You see the Buddha: Studies in the Fiction of Ivan Bunin (1998); Cursed Days: Diary of a Revolution (1998); Ivan Bunin: Twilight of Emigre Russia (1934-1953) (2002); The Liberation of Tolstoy: A Tale of Two Writers (2003); About Chekhov: The Unfinished Symphony (2007); Petersburg: The Physiology of a City (2009); Heroine Abuse: Dostoevsky’s “Netochka Nezvanova” and Poetics of Codependency (2015); Fyodor Dostoevsky: In the Beginning (1821-1845): A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism (2016); and Fyodor Dostoevsky: The Gathering Storm (1846-1847): A Life in Letters, Memoirs, and Criticism (2020).

Office: 106 Decio Hall | Phone: 631-5061 | Email | CV
Fall 2021 Office Hours: M 2:00-4:00, and by appointment.  Appointments via ZOOM or in-person.

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Melissa Miller

Assistant Teaching Professor
Language Program Director of Russian

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. 2016, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Miller’s research focuses on the intersections between science and art in Russian literature and culture in the late 19th through the 20th centuries. She is currently preparing a monograph on science and sexuality in the fiction of Anton Chekhov. Professor Miller’s other research and teaching interests include the medical humanities, science fiction in Russia and Eastern Europe, gender studies, Second Language Acquisition, and all levels of Russian language.

Office: 116 Decio Hall | Phone 631-5462 | Email |  CV
Fall 2021 Office Hours:  TTh 12:00-1:00 by appointment via ZOOM.  Email Professor Miller at to schedule an appointment.


Emily Wang

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2016, Princeton University

Most of Professor Wang's research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian poetry, with a particular focus on literary groups and their intersections with society at large, as well as intellectual history, the history of emotions, and postcolonial/empire studies. In her most recent project, Civic Feeling: Pushkin and the Decembrist Emotional Community, Professor Wang analyzes Decembrist writings as expressions of a unique affective subculture. She is also an associate editor of the Pushkin Review

Office: 110 Decio Hall | Phone 631-0456 | Email | CV
Fall 2021 Office Hours: Professor Wang is on leave Fall 2021



Nancy Bikowski

Administrative Assistant

Office: 118 Decio | Phone: (574) 631-5572 | Email