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.
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.
Irina Kogel is a dedicated language instructor with research interests in second language acquisition, and Slavic and comparative literature. She has taught Russian and Polish language, and Russian literature in translation. Within the realm of second language acquisition her research centers on the use of technology in language instruction and heritage language acquisition. Her research on literature focuses on the Anglophone reception of Russian literature and the historical development of the concept of “the Great Russian Novel.”
Susanna Nazarova's research interests include linguistics, translation, and applied linguistics. At the Moscow State University, she also studied Urdu and Hindi and spent time in India researching the verbal systems of these languages. Nazarova teaches Russian language and literature and has co-authored several Russian language textbooks. Nazarova 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.