Professor of Russian Literature,
Slavic Department, Stanford University, USA
Graduated from the Latvian State University cum laude (1966)
Research interests: history of twentieth century Russian literature (literary life of the USSR, literary history, history of journalism and culture of the Russian abroad of the first part of the twentieth century), Baltic-Russian cultural ties, life and work of Boris Pasternak, Russian Berlin 1921–1923, Russian literature in the interwar Poland, poetics, history of Russian literary studies.
Founded (together with Haun Saussy) a series of monographs "Verbal Art: Studies in Poetics" (Stanford University Press), 2005-
Co-editor, Slavica Hierosolymitana (Jerusalem, 1977–1984)
Member of Editorial Board, Studien und Texte (Bremen, 1977–1984)
Member of Editorial Board, Modern Russian Literature and Culture (Berkeley, 1980-)
Member of Editorial Board, Literary Archives of the Russian Emigration (Paris, 1983)
Co-editor, Stanford Slavic Studies (1987-)
Member of the Editorial Board, Philologica. Bilingual Journal for the Study of Russian and Theoretical Philology (Moscow)
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal Opyty (Paris)
Member of the Editorial Board, The Pushkin Miscellany, vol. 1 (Jerusalem, 1997)
Member of the Editorial Board, The Pushkin Anniversary Miscellany (Jerusalem, 1999)
Member of the Editorial Board, From the Other Shore: Russian
Writers Abroad. Past and Present (Toronto, 2001-)
Member of the Editorial Board of the series Russkoe Zarubezh'e (St.Petersburg, 2002-)
Editorial Consultant, The Pushkin Journal (Utah)
Awards and distinctions
IREX Individual Advanced Research Program grant, 2001
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation reinvitation, 2000
Alexander von Humboldt-Forschungspreis, 1994–1995
A Fulbright Scholar Award, 1994 (declined)
The NEH Archival Research Grant for the project: “Toward the History of Russian Culture in Exile: Out of the Archives of the Newspaper SEGODNIA”, 1993–1994
German-American Cooperative Resesarch Grant for the project: “From Philosophy to Poetry: Boris Pasternak and Marburg” (in cooperation with H.-B. Harder and S. Dorzweiler), 1992–1993
The Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 1987.
The Pew Foundation grant for the book: The Life of Boris Pasternak, 1986
The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, 1978–1979, scholarship grant for the theme, “Pasternak and the History of Russian Futurism”
The Latvian State University, Riga, 1967, award for the article “From the History of the Elegy during the Pushkin Epoch”
The Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prizes Current Exhibition Catalogue Award for Excellence; First Place (tie), Division I — for the catalog “Russian Poetry and Revolution”
- Metamorphoses of Lev (Leon) Gomolickieg. Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Kardynała Stefana Wyczyńskiego, 2015. (co-authored with Pyotr Mitzner)
- Boris Pasternak and Nobel Prize. Мoscow: Azbukovnik Publ., 2013 (rprt of the monograph The Encounter of Russian Immigrants with Doctor Zhivago, 2009)
- The Encounter of Russian Immigrants with Doctor Zhivago: Boris Pasternak and the “Cold War. Stanford: Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Stanford University, 2009.
- From Pushkin to Pasternak. Selected Works on the Poetics and History of Russian Literature. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2006.
- Boris Pasternak and Literary Movement of the 1930s. Petersburg: Akademicheskiĭ proekt, 2005 (rprt of the monograph published in Jerusalem in 1984). In Russ.
- Baltic-Russian Collection. Stanford; Oakland, Calif.: Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Stanford University; Berkeley Slavic Specialties sole distributor, 2004. In Russ.
- Boris Pasternak in the 1920s. Sankt-Peterburg: Akademicheskiĭ proekt, 2003 (rprt of the 1981 monograph published in Munich).
- In the Grip of Provocation: Operation “Trest” and Russian Émigré Press. Moscow: Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2003.
- In the Circle of Zhivago. Pasternak Collection. Stanford: Stanford University Dept. of Slavic languages and literatures, 2000.
- Russian Press in Riga: From the History of the Newspaper Segodnya of the 1930s. Vols. 1–5. Stanford Calif., 1997 (co-authored with Yu. Abyzov and B. Ravdin)
- Boris Pasternak’s Lehrjahre: Unpublished Philosophical Abstracts and Notes. Vols. 1–2. Stanford, 1996. (in collaboration with G.-B. Harder and Sergey Dorzvailer).
- From the History of Russian and Soviet Culture. Materials from the Hoover Institution Archives. Stanford Calif.: Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Stanford University, 1992.
- Boris Pasternak: The Poet and His Politics. Cambridge Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1990. In English.
- Poetry and Revolution in Russia: 1905–1930: An Exhibition of books and manuscripts. Stanford Calif.: Stanford University Libraries, 1989.
- Boris Pasternak in the 1930s. Jerusalem: Magnes Press Hebrew University, 1984.
- Essays on Pasternak. Bremen: K-Presse, 1977.
Professor, Slavic Department, Stanford University, 1985–present
Chairman, Slavic Department, Stanford University, 1991–1994
Member, Editorial Board, Stanford University Press, 2002–2004
Associate Professor, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department, 1981–1985.
Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department (tenure), 1977–1981.
Research Fellow with Rank of Senior Lecturer, The Hebrew University, The Center for the Study of Slavic
Languages and Literature, Department of Comparative Literature, Slavic Department, 1974–1977.
Visiting Fellow, The Council of the Humanities, Princeton University, November 2003
Visiting Professor, Latvian University, Riga, February 2001
Visiting Professor, Charles University, Prague, March 2001
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, Fall Semester, 1999
Stanford-in-Moscow Overseas Studies Program, Fall Quarter, 1998
Visiting Professor, Russian State University for the Humanities, Fall Semester, 1998
Senior Research Fellow, Russian Institute, Columbia University, 1985.
Visiting Professor, Harvard University, Fall Semester, 1984.
Visiting Professor, Yale University, Fall Semester, 1984.
Visiting Professor, University of Texas, Austin, Slavic Department, 1981–1982.
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1980–1981.
Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, 1978–1979.