Thomas H. Tabatowski

Slavic Languages and Literature

Graduate Student

Languages: Russian

Area(s) of Study: Early Russian modernism. Metaphysical poetry. Religious culture in the arts. Teaching and learning Russian as a foreign language.

About Me: My dissertation project examines modernist religious-aesthetic experimentation through case studies of two early twentieth-century poets, Aleksandr Dobroliubov and Leonid Semenov. I am also broadly interested in foreign language education, especially at the secondary level.


– University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA in Slavic Languages and Literature (2011)
– Ohio University, BA in International Studies (2009)

Courses Taught:

– First-and second-year Russian (academic year and summer intensive)
– 19th and 20th Century Russian Literature in Translation (Comm-B sections)


  • University Fellow (AY 2010-11, 2014-15)
  • University Housing Honored Instructor (Fall 2011)
  • Lapinski Graduate Fellowship (Spring 2012)
  • Summer FLAS Fellow (Summer 2012)
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Fellow (Summer 2017)

Selected Publications:

  • “Religion, Secularism, and Modernist Culture in Russia: The Case of Aleksandr Dobrolyubov,” in Reframing Russian Modernism, ed. Irina Shevelenko (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018)