Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
John Petersen

Administrative Assistant:
Bev Burgess

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

A.J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Thomas Newlin

Thomas Newlin

Chair and Associate Professor of Russian

Contact Information


Peters Hall 228
(440) 775-8656

Personal Office Hours:
Monday. 2:30-4:30 p.m
Wednesday 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
And by appointment.

Thomas Newlin

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College,1982
  • Master of Arts, Columbia University 1986
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University,1994

Professor Newlin teaches both Russian language (in recent years mostly first year Russian) and a range of literature courses in translation, including “Tolstoy and Dostoevsky,” “Literature and the Woman Question in Nineteenth-Century Russia,” “Literature and the Land: Nature-Writing in Russia and America,” “The Meaning of Life: Dispatches from Nineteenth-Century Russia.” He has also been closely involved for some years with the Environmental Studies Program. His scholarly interests focus on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature and history, Russian visual culture, and the history of ecological ideas in Russia. He is author of The Voice in the Garden: Andrei Bolotov and the Anxieties of Russian Pastoral (Northwestern, 2001), and is currently writing a book that explores the ways nineteenth-century Russian writers, artists, and scientists looked at and represented the natural world.