Comparative Literature
Department Chair:
Jed Deppman

Administrative Assistant:
Brenda Snell

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8345

King Building 125
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Tim Scholl

Tim Scholl

On Leave 2014-15 
Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature

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Peters Hall 227
(440) 775-8920

Personal Office Hours:
On Leave 2014 - 2015

Personal Web Site:

Tim Scholl

Tim Scholl

Professor Tim Scholl

Educational Background

  • 1991 YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, Connecticut
    Ph.D., Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • 1984 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, Nashville, Tennessee
    B.A., Russian

Tim Scholl is a scholar of Russian and dance historian who has authored two volumes on the history of Russian dance: From Petipa to Balanchine, Classical Revival and the Modernization of Ballet (Routledge 1994) and Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress (Yale 2004). In demand as a lecturer on Russian and North American ballet, his writings on dance have been translated into Russian, Finnish, Swedish, German, Italian, French, and British English.

Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College, Scholl is a docent in the Theatre Research Department of Helsinki University, where he held a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship in 2000-01.

A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet, Scholl holds degrees from Yale University (PhD 1991) and Vanderbilt University (BA 1984). His articles on dance have appeared in Playbill, The New York Times, Moscow’s Kommersant Daily, and Stockholm’s Danstidnigen, and in programs of the New York City Ballet, Milan’s La Scala Theater, London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, and the Hamburg Ballet. His Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice in 2005, and nominated and nominated for the 2006 American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) book prize in literary/cultural studies.

He is currently at work on a history of Soviet ballet.