Maria Nemcová Banerjee, Professor of Russian, teaches Russian and Comparative Literature. Born in Prague, she has studied in France and Canada and received a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. She regularly teaches the major works of the Russian golden age, most notably novels by Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Gogol, Turgenev, as well as the poetry and prose of Alexander Pushkin. Her comparative literature course, The Philosophical Novel, features the works of the contemporary Czech author, Milan Kundera, among other texts from the European tradition. Her research and publications focus on Kundera and Dostoevsky. She published Terminal Paradox: The Novels of Milan Kundera, Grove Press, New York, 1990 and a French translation at Gallimard, Paris, 1993. Her most recent book, Dostoevsky: The Scandal of Reason, was published by Lindisfarne Books, 2006.

E-mail: mbanerje@smith.edu
Office: Wright Hall 211, x 3433


Alexander Woronzoff-Dashkoff, Professor of Russian and Chair of the Department, teaches Russian language and literature courses. Born in Renon, Italy, he received a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Southern California. For many years he also worked in the Russian Summer School at Middlebury College, the last nine years as Director of the School. At Smith College he regularly offers courses in 19th and 20th century Russian literature, as well as women’s autobiographies. His scholarship has been devoted primarily to the life and works of E. R. Dashkova. He published the French edition of E. R. Dashkova’s Mon histoire, L'Harmattan, Paris, 1999, and the biography Dashkova: A Life of Influence and Exile, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 2008. The Russian translation of the biography appeared at Molodaia gvardia, Moscow, 2010.

E-mail: aworonzo@smith.edu
Office: Hatfield 315, x 3431


Catherine Woronzoff-Dashkoff, Lecturer in Russian, teaches Russian language courses. Born in Lemgo, Germany, she was educated in France, Austria, and is a graduate of Smith College. She has also taught at the Russian Summer School at Middlebury College. She is primarily interested in the integration of language and culture in the teaching of Russian and the use of video in the classroom. Recently, she edited the French edition of E. R. Dashkova’s Mon histoire.

E-mail: cworonzo@smith.edu
Office: Hatfield 315, x 3431


Michelle G. Finley, Department Secretary

E-mail: mfinley@smith.edu
Office: Hatfield 102, x 3402