- 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.