Peter J. Scotto
Professor Scotto's research interests lie in 19th- and 20-century Russian literature. Currently he is investigating the life and work of Sergei Stepniak Kravchinskii, a 19th-century Russian terrorist-turned-novelist, who was forced to flee to England, where he became one of the foremost interpreters of the Russian Revolutionary movement to the English-speaking world.
Daniel Brooks is a scholar of early twentieth-century and Soviet-era Russian culture, with a particular focus on literary criticism, memoir, and the visual arts. His first book project examines Russian literary portraiture, a genre that flourished at the turn of the century and survived, improbably, into Soviet times. Brooks has published articles on Aleksandr Blok’s poetry and mass culture; Vladislav Khodasevich’s scathing memoirs of his contemporaries; and Maksim Gorky, literary celebrity, and emotion studies (winner of a 2018 SEEJ award). He has taught the entire modern Russian cultural canon, including 19th- and 20th-century surveys as well as specialized courses on Dostoevsky, Nabokov, Russo-Soviet cinema, poetry, and nature writing.
Stephen Jones teaches courses in European, Russian, Central Asian and South Caucasian politics. Teaching in international relations and Russian studies, Jones focuses on energy, the environment, nationalism, democracy building and revolution. Stephen Jones is a Foreign Member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences. He has written many books on the South Caucasus and is currently participating in an oral history project recording the missing voices of people who lived through the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.
Susanna Nazarova's research interests include linguistics, translation, and applied linguistics. At Moscow State University, she also studied Urdu and Hindi and spent time in India researching the verbal systems of these languages. Susanna Nazarova teaches Russian language and literature and has co-authored several Russian language textbooks. She enjoys using authentic texts in the language classroom, teaching language through art, and leading workshops in language pedagogy.
Dominique Rampton is the Academic Department Coordinator for German Studies and Russian and Eurasian Studies. She has a background in museum and environmental education and the archaeology of the western United States, and enjoys raising her children and keeping chickens, dogs, and a vegetable garden at her home in the Hilltowns.