Michael Ossorgin joined the MLL faculty in the fall of 2016. His research focuses on narrative and visual art. He writes about visual polyphony in Dostoevsky's poetics, specifically how paintings and imagery create narrative zones in which Dostoevsky's famous dialogues unfold. He is currently writing a book how paintings structure Dostoevsky’s fiction. Ossorgin teaches comparative courses on apocalyptic art, Russian iconography, Russian poetry translation, Russian and Soviet censorship, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Bakhtin, and Russian serfdom. He founded the Fordham Russian Forum (FRF) in spring of 2017. FRF invites experts and artists to speak with engaged Russian program students about Russian-American cultural intersections. (See the link below faculty photo on this page).