Faculty & Staff

Program Director

Diane Nemec Ignashev, Professor of Russian, Carleton College

Diane Nemec Ignashev (Ph.D. University of Chicago) has taught courses on a wide range of topics, from the culture of Old Russia to "Bestsellers of Perestroika," from Russian Cinema to gender studies. A member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR), Nemec-Ignashev holds a joint appointment in the Department of Discourse and Communication Studies at Moscow State University. She has directed the Carleton program in Moscow since 1995.

Specializing in twentieth-century Russian cultural studies, Nemec Ignashev's research includes articles and translations of Soviet Russian writers, including a compilation of the memoirs of Ariadna Efron (the daughter of poet Marina Tsvetaeva) and Ada Federolf, Unforced Labors (Moscow: Vozvrashchenie, 2006). Her edition of Efron's childhood memoirs No Love without Poetry: The Memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva's Daughter (Northwestern University Press, 2009) was awarded the 2011 prize for Best Translation into English (Scholarly Edition) by the Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.

Supported by a 2011 Pen Translation Fund grant, in 2013 Dr. Ignashev completed a translation of Victor Martinovich's novel Paranoia, banned in 2010 in the author's native Belarus, followed in 2014 by a translation of short stories by Russian Gulag survivor Georgii Demidov, Five Fates from a Wondrous Planet (Moscow: Vozvrashchenie), which included a story translated by Carleton Russian majors James Jackson '11, Brian Kilgour '11, Ben Tyler '11, and Denis Griffis '12 as part of their senior comprehensive exercise. In 2016 Northwestern University Press published her translation of Liudmila Ulitskaia's novel, The Kukotsky Enigma. Nemec Ignashev's current research project is a monograph on the work of Russian filmmaker, Aleksandr Sokurov. 

Language instruction

Russian language courses are taught by members of the Russian as a Foreign Language staff of the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University.