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Erika Haber

Erika Haber

Erika Haber

Professor, Russian Language, Literature, and Culture; Russian Program Coordinator; and Undergraduate Advisor


Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
324 HB Crouse Hall


Russian Language Literature and Culture


  • Ph.D., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Michigan, 1993
  • C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Study), Russian Translation, University at Albany, 1988
  • M.A., Slavic Languages and Literatures, University at Albany, 1987
  • Graduate study at Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1986-1987

Research Interests

Environmental Humanities

Russian Children’s Literature and Cultural History

A.M Volkov

Non-Russian Russian writers, including Aitmatov and Iskander


Stylistics, Translation, Idioms

Russian Teaching Interests

Fairy Tales and Folklore

Short Stories and Translation

Dystopian Fiction

Food Culture and History

Revolution and the Avant Garde

Siberian Indigenous & Environment

Literary Film Adaptations

Russia Today

Culture through Fiction and Film

Recent Scholarship

“Teaching Russian Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Feminine Agency in a Combined Literature and Russian Culture Course” to appear in Global Children’s Literature in the College Classroom, edited by Sara Austin and Tanja Nathanael, and published by Lexington Books, late 2023.

Critical Review article on the current state of Russian children’s literature scholarship, focusing on three recent publications. Published in March 2022.Slavic Review , Volume 80 , Issue 4 , Winter 2021, pp. 883 – 891. DOI:

«Яркие образы и прекрасный язык: наследие футуризма в детских стихах В. Маяковского». (“Bright Images and Beautiful Language: The Legacy of Futurism in Maiakovskii’s Children’s Verse.”) Детские чтения (Children’s Readings). 12.2 (2017): 20-38. Peer-reviewed journal of the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin House), Russian Academy of Sciences, published in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“Surrogate Fathers and Sons: Aleksandr Volkov’s Historical Novels for Children.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly. 42.2 (Summer 2017): 169-184. Peer-reviewed.

«Детская литература: обмен мнениями» (Children’s literature: an exchange of opinions) a joint project with Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie (New Literary Observer), published in Сноб 25.10.2016. (11,661 views). Solicited interview.