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We would like to welcome the new member of our faculty, Dr. Mitchell Orenstein, whose research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international political economy, and global public policy. Professor Orenstein is a scholar of international politics focusing on the political economy of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, pension privatization worldwide, and the role of policy paradigms in economic reform.

In the fall of 2015, Dr.Orenstein will teach RUSS123: Russia and Eastern Europe in International Affairs.

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The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania is home to a diverse group of scholars and students joined in the study of the languages and literatures of Russia (our central focus), the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, the Balkan and Baltics regions and other past and present territories and states of those regions. The Slavic Department offers course work in all of these areas, as well as a selection of undergraduate majors and minors and a language certificate in Russian. Although we do not currently offer a Ph.D. in Slavic, we participate in graduate programs in Comparative Literature and History and we offer a graduate certificate in Russian Literature, Culture and History. We sponsor a great number of events related to our areas of study throughout the year—in particular our film series, our annual undergraduate research conference (the Slavic Bazaar) and annual faculty colloquium (the Penn Slavic Symposium). Many members of our faculty participate as well in the Faculty Working Group on Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies . For more information on all of these topics, please explore our site.


No advance notice is required for a class visit. Please be ready to introduce yourself in the beginning of class.

  •   Duda’s Surprise Presidential Win in Poland Raises Populist Specter, an article by Dr. Mitchell Orenstein

  •   Congratulations to Alex Droznin-Izrael on being awarded the Luba Zinkowsky Friedman Fund Slavic Department Prize for Excellence in Russian Studies and the Slavic Departmental Research Essay Prize ! Great Job!

  •   Laura Christians is the recipient of The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) Annual Post Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award. Congratulations!