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Michael Ossorgin


Michael M. Ossorgin VIII
Director of Russian Program
Advanced Lecturer of Russian
Lowenstein 403-G
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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).






B.A. 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
M.A. and M.Phil. in Russian Literature from Columbia University
Ph.D. Slavic Languages Columbia University


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



  • The Great Russian Minds: Mikhail Bakhtin
  • Dostoevsky and Race in America
  • The Apocalypse Course: Russian and American Visions
  • Russian Visions: The Interplay Between Russian Art and Literature in the Mid-19th and Early 20th Centuries
  • Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and The Meaning of Life and Death.
  • Media and the Russian State: Censorship in Russian Media in 19th, 20th, and 21st C.
  • Russian Poetry Translation
  • Advanced Russian Grammar
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Intro to Russian