Environmental Studies Program
Department Chair:
Md Rumi Shammin

Administrative Assistant:
Rosalind Soltow

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758747
Fax: 440 7758946

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

Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30 PM

Thomas Newlin

Thomas Newlin

Associate Professor of Russian

Contact Information


Peters Hall 228
(440) 775-8656

Personal Office Hours:
Monday. 2:30-4:00 p.m
Thursday 1:00 p.m. -3:00 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.