• Nina Bond
Asst. Dir. of Post Grad Scholarships & Adj. Prof. of Russian

avan.obaq@snaqz.rqh

Office: Harwood Commons 18

Biography

Professor Bond has been doing the 80-minute commute from Baltimore to F&M since the fall of 2013 to demystify Russian and Russian literature for students.  She welcomes students of all language abilities to her first-year Russian course and encourages everyone to study any language while at F&M. (For more of her advice to first-year students and future fellowship applicants, check out this page.) She also encourages students to check out her post-Soviet culture course "Violence, Mayhem & Dissent," which makes Russian literature and films less initmidating and relatable. (Yes, it is possible to do that!) In addition to teaching Russian and literature, she also enjoys advising students on academic fellowships, especially the Fulbright. 

She started teaching Russian in 2004 at her alma mater Columbia University, where she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Slavic Languages and Literature in 2011. Her dissertation was focused on how Tolstoy anticipated the negative and consequential effects of technology on the mind, which scientists are only beginning to understand with the advent of the internet and social media. Beyond Tolstoy, her research interests include Darwinism, fantastic literature, science fiction, and depictions of violence.

Courses Taught

LANGUAGE 

RUS 101-102 Elementary Russian (MWF, 65 mins. + drill section) This course is designed for students of ALL language abilities. The course uses the excellent free online textbook Mezdhu nami, which students use for three semesters. Students will learn most of the cases in the Russian system as well as the basics of verb conjugations, aspect, and unprefixed verbs of motion.

RUS 201-2 Intermediate Russian (MWF, 65 mins. + drill section). Prerequisite RUS 102 or its equivalent. RUS 201 is a continuation of Elementary Russian, reviewing previously learned cases as well as introducing the genitive plural and prefixed verbs of motion,. The course will also teach students how to talk about Russian films. In RUS 202, students will learn more functions of the cases as well as participles. The course will also delve deeper into the nuances of aspect and the system of verbs of motion.

RUS 301 Advanced Russian (MWF, 65 mins.). This course is designed to help students transition to authentic texts in Russian, such as poems, short stories, and movies by reviewing case systems and expanding their vocabulary.  Students will also learn how to write short literary essays in Russian. This course will also teach students basic Russian history from  the medieval era to post-Soviet Russia. This course will also have a small unit on the former Soviet states in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

RUS 302 Independent Study. For Russian minors who wish to continue studying Russian. 

LITERATURE

RUS 140 (formerly 170) Violence, Mayhem & Dissent : Post-Soviet Pop Culture  (usually offered in the fall). This course examines violence as both vice and virtue. Through a comparative look at the Russian and American understanding of brotherhood, the course is desgined to illuminate the virtues and vices of both societies.

FDN 183 Technology: Friend or Foe? This general-education course takes a critical look at technology by examining how a variety of short stories, novels and films depict the impact technology has on society and the mind.

RUS 173 The Fantastic in Russian Literature and Film. This Connections I course examines the genre of the fantastic in a number of works from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 

RUS 214 Russian Novel 19th Century. This survey course covers canonical works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy and Dosotevsky.

RUS 270 Chekhov: Plays, Stories, Life. This survey course covers a wide range of short stories written over the courses of Chekhov's career as well as four of his major plays.

RUS/LIT 273 Terrorism in Russian Literature and Film. This course does a close reading of Dostoevsky's Demons.

RUS/LIT/WGS 279 Novels of Love and Deception. This course juxtaposes three canonical works of adultery: Bronte's Jane Eyre, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina.

Education

Columbia University

Ph.D., Slavic and Comparative Literature, 2011
Dissertation: "Tolstoy and Zola: Trains and Missed Connections"

Harriman Certificate, Harriman Institute, 2006

M.A., Slavic Languages and Literature, 2005

B.A. Comparative Literature, 1999

Contact Information 

Office: Harwood Commons 18

Phone: 717-358-3937