Nicholas K. Kupensky

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Russian

Teaching this semester

RUS 2203. Intermediate Russian I

Continuation of Russian 1101 and 1102. Emphasis on developing proficiencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing and on vocabulary development. Builds upon the basic grammatical competencies acquired in first-year Russian and completes a thorough introduction to the case and verbal systems of the language. The course includes multimedia (video and audio) materials. Conversation hour with native speaker.

RUS 3405. Advanced Russian I

Uses a four-skill approach (reading, writing, listening, speaking), emphasizing these skills' equal importance for free communication in the target language. Course materials focus on topics in nineteenth-century Russian history, advanced grammar concepts, and vocabulary development. While the content of the readings is historical, their language is modern and authentic. Course requirements include oral presentations, written compositions, and oral and written exams. Delivered from Yale University using the telepresence room.

A scholar of Soviet Cultural Studies, his research investigates the intersection of aesthetics, economics, and politics in Russia, Ukraine, and the United States. His book manuscript, Beyond the Rapids: The Art and Politics of the Dnieper Hydroelectric Station, explores the art, cinema, and literature about the construction - and destruction - of the first major Soviet building project in southern Ukraine. Also a specialist in Carpatho-Rusyn Studies, he recently launched an initiative in the digital and public humanities, The Emil Kubek Project, which researches and publishes the stories of Slavic immigrants who worked in America's mining industry.


  • Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale
  • M. Phil., Slavic Languages and Literatures, Yale
  • B.A., Comparative Humanities, Russian, English, Bucknell