Russian Studies


Shoshana Keller, Ph.D., Professor of History

Areas of Expertise: Russian and Soviet history, Central Eurasian history, and history of the modern Middle East.
Shoshana Keller focuses on Soviet and Central Asian history and has written on the Stalinist campaign against Islam, women and women's education, and the creation of Soviet Uzbek history. More >>

Keller is the author of To Moscow, Not Mecca (2001, Praeger Publishers) and most recently an essay on the origins of coerced child labor in Uzbekistan’s cotton fields.

She teaches Russian history from the Vikings to Putin as well as courses in Middle Eastern and Central Asian history. Keller is beginning a new project on the creation of modern childhood in Soviet Central Asia.

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John Bartle, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Russian

Areas of Expertise: translation studies, refugee studies, 19th century Russian literature, Russian film, English as a Second Language and outreach programs, especially in Utica.
John Bartle, who joined the Hamilton faculty in 1989, earned his master's and Ph.D. from Indiana University. More >>

Bartle has written extensively on F.M. Dostoevsky, including articles in Russian Language Journal, Canadian Slavic Studies and Romantic Russia. He has also published  translations of Dostoevsky's journalistic works,  including Models of Candor (1998), and "Petersburg Visions in Prose and Verse" (1999) in Russian Language Journal.  Bartle is currently the associate editor for reviews for the Slavic and East European Journal. His other research interests include Russian and Soviet film, language pedagogy and contemporary Russian culture.

Franklin Sciacca, Ph.D., Christian A. Johnson Excellence in Teaching Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures (Russian)

Areas of Expertise: Russian language, 20th century Russian literature and art, Russian Orothdox Church, Russian and Ukranian folklore and folk culture, and foodways and the politics of food production.
Frank Sciacca, who has been a faculty member at Hamilton since 1984, earned a Ph.D and master's from Columbia University. More >>

Sciacca has lectured extensively on iconography and Russian churches, and contributed articles to Slavic Review, Journal of Slavic and East European Arts, and Ulbandus Review. His ongoing research interests are the Pochaev Monastery – the cultural politics of Right Bank Ukraine, iconography of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and recent canonizations in the Russian Orthodox churches.

Sharon Rivera, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Government

Areas of Expertise: democratization, Russian politics, elite transformation, and diffusion of ideas.
Sharon Werning Rivera (Ph.D., University of Michigan) specializes in the post-communist countries of Eurasia with a particular emphasis on Russia. More >>

Rivera's research and teaching interests are in the field of comparative politics with particular emphases on democratization, elite political culture, the transformation of elites in post-communist settings and the diffusion of ideas.

Her articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Political Studies, Party Politics, Post-Soviet Affairs, PS: Political Science and Politics, and Europe-Asia Studies, as well as in edited collections.  She has also published pedagogical articles on the use of active learning strategies in the classroom.

Her research to date has been supported by the Social Science Research Council and the U.S. Department of Education. In 2012-13 she was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar to the Russian Federation.

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