Melissa Azari

Slavic Languages and Literature

Graduate Student

Languages: Russian

Area(s) of Study: Late and post-Soviet Russian poetry. Contemporary Russian poetry. Russian folklore.

About Me: I received my BA in Russian Language & Culture and Asian Languages & Cultures from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2012. I also hold an MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UW-Madison. I am currently a PhD Candidate in Russian Literature with a minor in Folklore Studies at UW-Madison. My dissertation focuses on the early poetry of Russian dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya (1936-2013), written while she was still living in the Soviet Union (approx. 1956-1975).


– University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA in Slavic Languages and Literature
– Hobart and William Smith Colleges, BA in Russian Language & Culture and Asian Languages & Cultures (2012)


  • Recipient of the 2015 UW-Madison Teaching Assistant award for “Early Excellence in Teaching”
  • FLAS (Foreign Language Area Studies) Fellowships for the study of Russian Language at Middlebury College’s Kathryn Wasserman Davis School of Russian (Summer 2013 and 2014)
  • FLAS Fellowship for the study of Serbo-Croatian at UW-Madison (2012-2013 Academic Year)