Gina Kovarsky, PhD


Assistant Professor of Russian

Assistant Professor of Russian

PhD, Columbia University, 1998 MPhil, MA, Columbia University 
BA, Yale University

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Fax - 804.827.3479

Office - Lafayette Hall, Room 211
312 N. Shafer St.
Richmond, VA 23284

Dr. Kovarsky grew up in New York City. She earned her B.A. in English Literature from Yale University and her M.A., M. Phil, and Ph.D. degrees in Slavic Languages from Columbia University.

In 1996, Dr. Kovarsky came to VCU to teach courses in Russian language, literature, and culture. She designed the Russian language and Russian studies curricula for the School of World Studies and collaborated in the establishment of the International Social Justice track in the International Studies program. She also organized and led study abroad programs to St. Petersburg for VCU. Since 2012, Dr. Kovarsky has served as the coordinator of International Studies.

As an undergraduate and later as a graduate student, Dr. Kovarsky studied and traveled in the Soviet Union. While living in Leningrad in the late 1980s, she witnessed the epochal changes that led to the break-up of the U.S.S.R. She has returned to Russia multiple times in the post-Soviet period.

Dr. Kovarsky created and teaches courses in human rights and literature; Russian language, literature, cinema, and the arts; and language in relation to nationalism, cultural identity, and racism. Her interest include contemporary French and Russian forms, philosophy, and religion; and the ethical and social dimensions of artistic expression.