Member News

By Colleen Lucey

The AATSEEL Newsletter would like to recognize the following members for their recent professional success:

AATSEEL enjoys keeping its members informed about important events and professional milestones. If you or an AATSEEL member you know has recently defended a dissertation, been hired, received a promotion or retired, please send the member’s name, accomplishment and affiliation to:

Colleen Lucey, Editor

(University of Arizona)

Congratulations to Molly T. Blasing, who has been awarded a 2017 NEH Summer Stipend to complete research on her book, Snapshots of the Soul: Photo-Poetic Encounters in Modern Russian Culture.  Blasing is Assistant Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Svitlana (Lana) Krys, Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies/Assistant Professor at MacEwan University (Edmonton, Canada) and Editor-in-Chief of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (, reports the publication of EWJUS’s vol. 4, no. 1 (2017). This issue features a special thematic section on “Less Commonly Taught Slavic Languages: The Learner, the Instructor, and the Learning Experience in the Second Language Classroom (A North American Context),” guest edited by Alla Nedashkivska (University of Alberta), and contains two regular articles and a review article, as well as our usual array of book reviews. AATSEEL members are invited to review the Table of Contents for this issue here:

Benjamin Rifkin is beginning a new job at Hofstra University effective June 15, 2017, where he will be professor of Russian and dean of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, leader of the academic home of the fine and performing arts, humanities, international studies, mathematics and natural sciences, public policy, social sciences, as well as the School of Education.

Emerging Scholar Spotlight: Request for Nominations

The editors of the AATSEEL Newsletter are soliciting nominations for junior scholars in the field of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures. If you or someone you know is a recently published author and would like to be featured in the AATSEEL Newsletter, please send a brief description (250-400 words) of the individual’s contribution to the field and potential to impact the profession. Nominations can be sent to Colleen Lucey: