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Marina Zalesski


German and Russian Studies


Marina Zalesski is a Lecturer of Russian Studies at Binghamton University. Having started her education in the Novosibirsk Pedagogical University, Russia, she received her B.A from Binghamton University and M.A in Russian Studies from Norwich University of Vermont as well as a diploma from Novosibirsk Art Academy, and a minor in Studio Arts from SUNY Binghamton. She teaches all levels of Russian language and various courses in Russian culture, focusing on an interdisciplinary approach to cultural studies. Her special interests lie with the study of Russian national consciousness, collective memory, and the question of Russian identity. Her research concentrates on Soviet literature and popular culture, language of propaganda, links between ideology and religion, and Russian immigration. She also works as an illustrator and translator for Global Scholarly Publications, NY. Her publications include: translation of memoirs by Mairam Akayeva, Hope Has No Night, recording and annotations for A. Pushkin's Like a Fine Rug of Erivan (2011) and introduction and illustrations to N. Gumilev's Complete Collection of Poetry (2013).


  • MA, The Russian School at Norwich University
  • BA, Binghamton University

Research Interests

  • Russian Language and Culture
  • The "Silver Age" in Russian Literature
  • Russian Religious Philosophy
  • Religion and Soviet Ideology
  • Representations of Russian Identity in Literature and Film