Russian and East European Studies
Department Chair:
Stephen Crowley

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: 440 7758650
Fax: 440 7756355

Peters Hall 222
50 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Thomas Newlin

Thomas Newlin

On Leave 2015- 2016 / 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.