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Cynthia A. Ruder

Research Interests:
Russian language
Language Pedagogy
Pre-WWII Stalinist Culture

Ph.D. Cornell University, MA Cornell University, BA Colgate University


Specializes in Russian language pedagogy and Soviet literature & culture of the 1930s.

Published: Making History for Stalin: The Story of the Belomor Canal.

Most recent book:  Building Stalinism:  The Moscow Canal & the Creation of Soviet Space, I.B. Tauris, 2018. 

Listen to Professor Ruder discuss her research on this podcast

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While I like to teach all levels of Russian Language,  my favorite course is Beginning Russian.  Currently I teach first-year and sometimes second-year Russian.  In addition, I offer a course on 20-21st-Century Soviet & Russian Literature, a Seminar on the Soviet Gulag, and less frequently a Seminar on Stalinist Culture that I team-teach with Prof. Karen Petrone in the History Department. I enthusiastically support Education Abroad, administer the Russian Studies Education Abroad Scholarship, and work with students to gain external funding for study abroad.  

Graduate Training
Ph.D., Cornell University