Department Chair:
Arlene Forman

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.

Tim Scholl

Tim Scholl

Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature
Director, Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures

Contact Information


Peters Hall 227
(440) 775-8920

Personal Office Hours:
Monday & Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
And by appointment.

Personal Web Site:

Tim Scholl

Tim Scholl

Professor Tim Scholl

Educational Background

  • 1991 YALE UNIVERSITY, New Haven, Connecticut
    Ph.D., Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • 1984 VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY, Nashville, Tennessee
    B.A., Russian

Tim Scholl is a scholar of Russian and dance historian who has authored two volumes on the history of Russian dance: From Petipa to Balanchine, Classical Revival and the Modernization of Ballet (Routledge 1994) and Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress (Yale 2004). In demand as a lecturer on Russian and North American ballet, his writings on dance have been translated into Russian, Finnish, Swedish, German, Italian, French, and British English.

Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College, Scholl is a docent in the Theatre Research Department of Helsinki University, where he held a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship in 2000-01.

A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet, Scholl holds degrees from Yale University (PhD 1991) and Vanderbilt University (BA 1984). His articles on dance have appeared in Playbill, The New York Times, Moscow’s Kommersant Daily, and Stockholm’s Danstidnigen, and in programs of the New York City Ballet, Milan’s La Scala Theater, London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, and the Hamburg Ballet. His Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice in 2005, and nominated and nominated for the 2006 American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) book prize in literary/cultural studies.

He is currently at work on a history of Soviet ballet.