Olga Mesropova, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, is an Associate Professor of Russian. Her research interests include a range of cultural developments in late Soviet and post-Soviet Russian cinema, television, performance, and popular literature; as well as communicative-humanistic approaches to language pedagogy. She has published numerous articles and reviews in such premier venues as Slavic and East European Journal, The Russian Review, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture, kultura, and Kinokultura. She is the author of an advanced Russian language textbook Kinotalk. Russian Cinema for Conversation (Slavica Publishers, Indiana University, 2006), a co-editor of Uncensored? Reinventing Humor and Satire in Post-Soviet Russia (with Seth Graham, Slavica Publishers, Indiana University, 2009), and a co-editor of Being and Becoming Visible: Women, Performance, and Visual Culture (with Stacey Weber-Feve, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Currently she is completing two advanced Russian language textbooks: Kinotalk. 21 Century (Routledge) and Faces of Contemporary Russia (Georgetown UP).
Dr. Mesropova teaches a broad range of undergraduate courses in Russian language, literature, film, and culture from first-year “frontier” courses, to advanced fourth-year seminars, and to comparative, cross-cultural courses in English. The courses in English she most recently taught include “Masterpieces of 20th Century Russian Literature,” “From Dragon to Dictators: Russian and Soviet Fairy Tales,” “From Gorbachev to Putin: Contemporary Russian Culture,” and “Masterpieces of Russian Cinema.” Currently, Dr. Mesropova is also the faculty coordinator of the World Film Studies program.
Dr. Mesropova is a recipient of the 2007 College of LAS Award for Early Excellence in Research and of the 2010 Honor’s Teaching award.