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Riley M. M. Ossorgin

Riley Ossorgin

Director of Russian Program
Lecturer of Russian

Lowenstein 403-G

Discover More About Fordham’s Russian Program, Russian Choir and Russian Forum Events at Prof. Ossorgin’s Website

Fall 2017 Office hours (Lincoln Center): T 1- 2 p.m., W 12 - 1 p.m.


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 founded the Fordham Russian Forum (FRF) in spring of 2017. FRF invites exciting experts and artists who work to speak with our exceptionally engaged Russian students about currently and fascinating Russian cultural phenomena. (See the link below faculty photo on this page) Prof. Ossorgin also 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 either.


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 Slavic Languages Columbia University


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


  • Russian Visions: The Interplay Between Russian Art and Literature in the Mid-18th and Early 19th Centuries
  • Tosltoy, Dostoevsky and The Meaning of Life and Death.
  • Media and the Russian State: Censorship in Russian Media in 19th, 20th and 21st C.
  • Intro to Russian
  • Intermediate Russian
  • Advanced Russian Grammar
  • Russian Language and Literature