Susanna Nazarova

Lecturer in Russian

Susanna Nazarova

Contact & Office Hours

Fall 2019
Thursdays 12 - 1 pm in Hatfield 107

Hatfield Hall 303


M.A., University of California, Davis

M.A., Moscow State University


Susanna Nazarova graduated from Moscow State University with a master's degree in linguistics and translation. While there, she studied Urdu and Hindi and spent time in India researching the verbal systems of these languages. She then earned a master's degree in applied linguistics from the University of California, Davis. Before coming to Smith and Mount Holyoke Colleges, she taught Russian language and literature at the University of Vermont and Temple University.

Nazarova is a co-author of Panorama: Intermediate Russian Language and Culture, a comprehensive Russian language textbook for third-year students. She is a published literary translator from Russian into English whose translations have appeared in Chtenia: Readings from Russia, a publication of Russian Life magazine.

She has conducted workshops and seminars on language pedagogy in the United States and abroad. Nazarova is the author and editor of Uchites! (the Russian language learning supplement of Russian Life), and the co-founder and editor of, an online resource for teachers of Russian.

Her summers are spent at the Middlebury Russian Summer School, where she is a lead instructor for Level 1 students. Her professional interests include using authentic texts in the beginning language classroom and teaching language through art.

Selected Publications

Co-author (with Evgeny Dengub and Benjamin Rifkin) Panorama: Intermediate Russian Language and Culture, Georgetown University Press, 2014. 

Author and editor, Uchites! (the Russian language learning supplement of Russian Life). 

Co-founder and editor,