Behavioral Characteristics of Women Surviving Under Pressure of the Holocaust, Wars, the Police States, Ethnic Prejudice, or Everyday Life; Analysis of Events in Rus- sia and Former Republics of the USSR
Ph.D., Leningrad University
M.S., Leningrad Mining Institute
Born, raised and educated in Leningrad, USSR, Ludmila Shtern worked as a Senior Research Fellow in the Geology Department at Leningrad University, and is the author of 17 scientific papers in geology. She immigrated to the U.S. in 1976 where she worked as a geologist at a geological firm in Boston, as a PR manager at the Nakhamkin Art Gallery in New York City and in the Russian-American Broadcasting Corporation in Boston as a host of the Russian language program, “Half an hour with Ludmila Shtern.” Shtern has published numerous articles and short stories in American and Russian periodicals, including The Boston Globe Magazine, Pequod, Stories, Connecticut Review, and The Conde Nast Traveler as well as seven books in Russian, four books in English and one in Italian. Her English-language books were reviewed by Booklist, Publishers’ Weekly, Kenyon Review, Time Magazine, Review in The Slavic and East European Journal, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker. Her short stories are translated into Hungarian, and Dutch. Shtern’s academic interests include (a) the behavioral characteristics of women surviving under pressure — the pressure of the police state, war, ethnic prejudice, or the pressure of everyday life, (b) analysis of events in Russia and in the former Republics of the USSR, and (c) contemporary Russian literature.
Researching and writing three books:
1) Women surviving the Holocaust, political purges and wars (non-fiction);
2) A novel on a woman struggling with identity issues during the cultural Renaissance in Leningrad during the 1970s;
3) A Sci-Fi novel on women venturing into space travel and gender changes among identity crises.
Shtern, Ludmila. Dovlatov, My Good Buddy. St. Petersburg, Russia: Azbooka Publishers, 2005.
Shtern, Ludmila. Brodsky: A Personal Memoir. Fort Worth. TX: Baskerville Publishers, 2004.