Donna Oliver

Academic Specialties and Other Interests

I am a professor of Russian literature and culture in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, and I also teach courses in the college’s Writing Program. My teaching and research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, but I’m also interested in both visual and material culture (I collect pre-revolutionary Russian postcards and love to talk about collecting in general!). As the Director of Community-Based Learning at Beloit, I’m also especially interested in getting students to embrace the larger community and take advantage of the rich opportunities for learning that it provides.

I’m originally from southeast Pennsylvania, but I have been living in the Midwest since I began my graduate studies at Northwestern University. I’ve been at Beloit College for over three decades (hard to believe sometimes!), and I love it here–the community is close-knit, and the students constantly inspire me. It’s really rewarding to work with students who bring such diverse talents, perspectives, and life experiences to the table; I learn something new from them every day.

As for interests outside of work, I love the arts in all forms, good food, and traveling. I love to explore new places, both near and far, and I look forward to resuming my travels once the pandemic has passed!

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