George Pahomov

Professor Emeritus of Russian


George Pahomov holds a Ph.D. in Russian Language and Literature from New York University and is currently a professor in the Russian Department of Bryn Mawr College. In the past, he has taught at Queens College in New York and for a number of summers at the Russian School of Middlebury College. He has studied at Moscow University and has made numerous trips to the Soviet Union and Russia.

His scholarly and academic interests include Russian prose at the juncture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Russian culture and civilization, and Eastern Orthodoxy as a spiritual and cultural phenomenon. He is the author of two books and a number of articles on such figures as Zhukovsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bunin and the modern poet, Ivan Elagin. Though he has published primarily literary and cultural topics, there have been several articles on applied linguistics and teaching methodology. Most recently he has been completing an anthology on Russian culture and civilization.

Before entering academic life he had been in the world of publishing and later served as principal editor of the five-volume translation of the Nikonian Chronicle. George Pahomov was born in the Soviet Union, but came to the United States at an early age, grew up and was educated in the multicultural world of New York City where one could hear the Charles Mingus ensemble and a Russian Orthodox liturgy within several hours and blocks of each other. He has lived in Europe for several years and served in the U.S. Army.