Department of Germanic
and Slavic Studies

Newcomb Hall 305
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118

Phone: 504-865-5276
Fax: 504-865-5277

Photos thanks to
Professor Brumfield
and A. Carr.

Sarah Ruth Lorenz | e-mail
Newcomb 305 C | 504-862-3095

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian


Ruth Lorenz received her BA in Russian Studies from Carleton College and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation examined the tensions between mimetic and utopian motives in the literary cultures of the German Enlightenment and nineteenth-century Russian Realism. Her ongoing research focuses on the understudied critic N. A. Dobroliubov and other members of the "radical" faction. She draws links between their critical reviews and the fictional and journalistic work of their ideological rival F. M. Dostoevsky, showing how both radicals and conservatives in mid-nineteenth-century Russia struggled to reconcile "realist" empiricism with sweeping visions of social and spiritual transformation. 

Dr. Lorenz has published in the Slavic and East European Journal and German Quarterly

Professor Lorenz is an enthusiastic instructor with an animated classroom presence.Her teaching expertise encompasses nineteenth- and twentieth-century Russian literature, Russian poetry, first- and second-year Russian language and Russian and Soviet film. She frequently incorporates Russian poetry and song into language instruction, and also has considerable experience teaching college-level composition, a skill that continues to benefit the students in her literature and culture courses. She has also taught the German language and literature.

Dr. Lorenz recently launched a website,, that offers selections from the contemporary Russian media as learning tools for instructors and advanced language learners.

Tulane U., Dept. of Germanic & Slavic Studies, Newcomb Hall 305, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5276