Riley Ossorgin

Riley Ossorgin
Lecturer of Russian
Lowenstein 403-G
Fall 2017 Office hours (Lincoln Center): TBA


Riley Ossorgin joined the MLL faculty in fall of 2016. His research focuses on the interplay between narrative and visual art. His dissertation is on visual polyphony in Dostoevsky's poetics, specifically how paintings and imagery create zones in which Dostoevsky's famous dialogues unfold. He is especially interested in the history of perspectival theory and its historical ties to Enlightenment. He sings Russian sacred, rock and folk music and has founded the Fordham Russian Choir. Fordham undergraduates are welcome to contact him if you are interested in joining.


BA in Philosophy and History of Mathematics and Science at St Johns College, Annapolis, MD
Post Bacc Studies in Russian and Russian Literature at Princeton University
MA and MPhil in Russian Literature from Columbia University
PhD Candidate Russian Literature Columbia University


19th Century Russian Literature
Early 20th Century Russian Literature
Comparative Literature
Russian Religious Thought
Russian Art History


  • Russian Visions: The Interplay Between Russian Art and Literature in the Mid-18th and Early 19th Centuries
  • Intro to Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Russian Grammar
  • Russian Language and Literature