Dr. Judith Kornblatt

Prof. Judith Kornblatt



External lecturer, Academic advisor/Administrative staff


Scope of Research:

19th and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian religious thought, Eastern Orthodoxy, the Humanities, Byzantine and Russian Icons, the Jews in Russia, Approaches to death and dying.


Academic Background:

Professor (Emerita, Full, Associate, Assistant, Visiting), University of Wisconsin-Madison: Department of Slavic Languages and Literature (1986-present); Affiliated positions in Religious Studies Program, Mosse and Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.


Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education (2007-2010); Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities (1998-2007), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School.


President, Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2011-2013).


Visiting Faculty/Guest Lecturer: Hebrew University, Indiana University, University of California-Berkeley, Columbia University, Williams College, Dalhousie University, Harvard University, Moscow State University, Fordham University, Butler University, University of Kansas, Syracuse University, University of Budapest, Washington University, Amherst College, Claremont College, Stanford University.



PhD: Columbia University (with Distinction) (1985)

MA: Columbia University (1980)

BA: Williams College (Summa cum laude with Honors) (1977)

BSN: University of Wisconsin-Wisconsin, School of Nursing (2015) (RN, State of Wisconsin 2015-present)

EMPH: Tel Aviv University, Sackler School of Medicine, Emergency and Disaster Management (2017)



Moscow State University, Summer 1987 (IREX Summer Teachers Exchange); Pushkin Institute of Russian Language, Moscow, Fall 1976 (ACTR); Leningrad State University, Summer 1974 (CIEE); Spanish language programs in Mexico and Peru, Summer 2006, 2007, 2008; Masters of Public Health, Tel Aviv University 2017.


Selected Publications:


The Cossack Hero in Russian Literature: A Study in Cultural Mythology. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1992, xiii, 288pp. Included in series: Studies of the Harriman Institute.


Russian Religious Thought, co-edited volume of essays on major Russian religious thinkers, with Richard F. Gustafson.  Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996, 266 pp.


Doubly Chosen: Jewish Identity, the Soviet Intelligentsia, and the Russian Orthodox Church. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2004, 203 pp.


Divine Sophia: The Wisdom Writings of Vladimir Solovyov (including annotated translations by Boris Jakim, Judith Kornblatt, and Laury Magnus). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2009. Winner of AWSS Heldt Prize 2009: AWSS Best Translation in Slavic/East European/Eurasian Women's Studies.


Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context, co-edited volume of essays on Russian religious thought and Orthodox practice, with Patrick Michelson. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.


American Contributions to the 16th International Congress of Slavists Vol. 2: Literature, editor. Bloomington: Indiana University Slavica Publishers, 2018.


Over 50 referred articles, book chapters, and book reviews on topics including the poet, philosopher and mystic Vladimir Solovyov; the authors Nikolai Gogol, Isaac Babel, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin; Lev Shestov, Father Alexander Men’, Brother Daniel (Daniel Rufeisen); the Jews in Russia and the Soviet Union; Russian religious thought.

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