Slavic Studies


The Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University focuses on the study of Russian, Czech, and Polish cultures, literatures, and languages.

Founded in 1947 by Edward J. Brown, one of the pioneers of Russian literary history in the United States, ours is one of the oldest Slavic departments in the country. Building on a strong tradition of academic excellence and teaching, in recent years the department has become fundamentally interdisciplinary.

Bridging Traditions and Realities

One of our main goals is to retrace the complex links between rich intellectual and literary traditions and larger historical and sociopolitical processes. This approach is particularly valuable as Russian and East European societies reshape themselves in new geopolitical contexts. The former Soviet bloc offers an exciting laboratory for studying issues of national, ethnic, gender, and social identity in a quickly and radically changing world, and to provide a truly global perspective on these issues.

Our Students

Concentrators in Slavic Studies receive a solid grounding in one or more Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures. Our graduates go on to careersĀ in a number of fields, including literature and linguistics, law, diplomacy, journalism, publishing, performing arts, and international business, as well as more traditional graduate study in Slavic languages and literatures.

Our faculty are leading scholars in the field, who produce innovative scholarship and teaching. Their expertise covers a wide range of topics in Russian and Polish culture and intellectual history from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, including literature, theater, film, art, and political movements, as well as Czech linguistics.
The Department of Slavic Studies is the center for campus study of Eastern Europe and Russia at Brown and is strategically linked to a number of fields across the humanities and social sciences, including literature, performing arts, history, economics, and international relations.