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Diane Nemec Ignashev

Diane Nemec Ignashev

  • Class of 1941 Professor of Russian and the Liberal Arts, German and Russian

Education & Professional History

University of Chicago, MA, PhD.

University of Illinois (Chicago), BA.

At Carleton College since 1981.

Languages Spoken

Highlights & Recent Activity

In August 2016 Northwestern University Press published DNI's translation of Ludmila Ulitskaya's 2001 prize-winning novel, The Kukotsky Enigma [Казус Кукоцкого]. In February 2016 DNI and Ulitskaya appeared together at the Wilson Center Kennan Institute in their Society and Culture series titled "Lyudmila Ulitskaya: Telling Stories, Documenting History." They also appeared together in March 2016  at Moscow University's Philological Faculty, where DNI holds a part-time appointment.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

DNI page in Moscow University's Istina system.

Member of Board of Directors, American Council of Teachers of Russian.

Member, Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES).

Member, Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS).

Member, American Association of Teachers of East European Languages (AATSEEL).

Member, American Literary Translators Association (ALTA).

As Listed on Department Faculty Pages


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 Moscow Seminar since 1995, helped develop the ACM program in Krasnodar, co-directed the 2001 ACM Global Partners Faculty Seminar in Krasnador with Prof. Michael Hemesath (Economics) and co-directed the 2005 Carleton Alumni Tour to Moscow, Siberia, and St. Petersburg with Anna Dotlibova.

Specializing in twentieth-century Russian cultural studies, Nemec Ignashev's research iincludes articles and translations of Soviet Russian writers, including a compilation of the memoirs of Ariadna Efron (the daughter of poet Marina Tsvetaeva) and Ada FederolfUnforced 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 she 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 comprehenisve 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.

DNI's most recent CV

Global Moscow 2018 Student Blog
Moscow & Beyond 2016 Student Blog
Moscow & Beyond 2014 Student Blog

Department of Discourse and Communication Studies
Moscow Lomonosov State University


Profile updated September 5, 2018

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