Department Chair:
Tom Newlin

Administrative Assistant:
Polly Bratton

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8650
Fax: (440) 775-6355

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

Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Arlene Forman

Arlene Forman

Associate Professor

Contact Information


Peters Hall 219
(440) 775-8654

Personal Office Hours:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Tuesday & Thursdday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
And by appointment.

Arlene Forman

Arlene Forman

Professor Arlene Forman with her beloved Benny

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania, 1972
  • Master of Arts, Brown University, 1974
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1982

Professor Forman teaches courses in Russian language, literature and film (among them “Sinner or Satan? Writing Stalin in Russian Literature,” “Delusions and Grandeur: The Myth of Petersburg,” “Russian Cinema” and “Re-envisioning Russia”). Her research interests include language pedagogy and Soviet/post-Soviet prose and cinema. She serves on the Advisory Board of The Realia Project and writes for the on-line journal Kinokultura: New Russian Cinema. Her article on the Petersburg prose of Bella Ulanovskija (1943-2005) appeared in the volume Odinokoe pis’mo (Secluded Writing) published by New Literary Review in 2010.