Russian Studies Program

David Powelstock

David PowellstockAssociate Professor of Russian Language and Literature

Research Interests

Modern Russian literature
Modern Czech literature
Russian & Czech languages
Comparative literature
Literary theory
Translation studies


University of California, Berkeley, PhD
University of California, Berkeley, MA
Princeton University, BA


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Brandeis Senior Faculty Research Leave (2016)
Research Associate, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University (renewed) (2012-2018)
Norman Faculty Scholarship Award (2011)
Davis Foundation Writing Grant Faculty Fellow (2009)
Research Associate, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University (2006)
Course Development Grant, Consilience Program, Brandeis University (2005)
Faculty Consilience Seminar, Brandeis University (2004 - 2005)
Research Associate, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University (through 2006) (2003)
Residential Research Fellow, Davis Center for Russian Studies, Harvard University (1998 - 1999)
Junior Faculty Summer Fellowship, University of Chicago (1997)
ACLS Grant for Travel to International Meetings Abroad (1996)
Mellon Fellowship, administered by The Center for Slavic and East European Studies, University of California, Berkeley (1993)
University of California-Herzen University Junior Faculty Exchange Grant (5 months dissertation research at Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg) (1992)
ACTR Summer Exchange of Teachers of Russian Grant (3 months teacher training at Herzen Pedagogical Institute, Leningrad) (1990)
IREX Language Training Grant (6 months study at Charles University, Prague) (1989)
UC Berkeley Regents Intern-Fellowship (1987)

Select Publications

Powelstock, David. Becoming Mikhail Lermontov: The Ironies of Romantic Individualism in Nicholas I's RussiaNorthwestern University Press, 2005

Select Courses Taught

COMH 201a: Comparative Humanities Proseminar
COML 100a: Comparing Literatures: Theory and Practice
COML 109b: The Art of Living: Imagination and the Just Life
COML 160a: East European Literature & Film: Art & Life in the Throes of History
COML 171a: Literary Translation in Theory and in Practice
RECS 100a: Russian Soul: Masterworks of Modern Russian Culture
RECS 131a: The Twentieth-Century Russian Novel
RECS 148a: Russian Drama: Text and Performance
RECS 149b: Russian Modernism in Culture and Arts
RECS 150a: Russian and Soviet Cinema
RECS 152a: Russian Science Fiction Literature and Film
RECS 154a: The Art of Vladimir Nabokov

Affiliated Departments/Programs

Comparative Humanities
Comparative Literature and Culture

Full List of Publications