• Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature
  • Director, Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures
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Education

  • B.A. in Russian, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, 1984
  • Ph.D. in Slavic Languages & Literatures, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, 1991

Biography

Tim Scholl is a scholar of Russian and dance historian who has authored two volumes on the history of Russian dance: From Petipa to Balanchine, Classical Revival and the Modernization of Ballet (Routledge 1994) and Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress (Yale 2004). In demand as a lecturer on Russian and North American ballet, his writings on dance have been translated into Russian, Finnish, Swedish, German, Italian, French, and British English.

Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Oberlin College, Scholl is a docent in the Theatre Research Department of Helsinki University, where he held a Fulbright teaching/research fellowship in 2000-01.

A specialist in nineteenth- and twentieth-century ballet, Scholl holds degrees from Yale University (PhD 1991) and Vanderbilt University (BA 1984). His articles on dance have appeared in Playbill, The New York Times, Moscow’s Kommersant Daily, and Stockholm’s Danstidnigen, and in programs of the New York City Ballet, Milan’s La Scala Theater, London’s Royal Opera House, the Paris Opera, and the Hamburg Ballet. His Sleeping Beauty, a Legend in Progress was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice in 2005, and nominated and nominated for the 2006 American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) book prize in literary/cultural studies.

He is currently at work on a history of Soviet ballet.

Faculty Notes

  • Tim Scholl Presents Lecture Series

    April 4, 2016

    Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and comparative literature and director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures (OCLC), presented a series of lectures for the Michigan Opera Theatre and the University of Michigan for the University Musical Society. The lectures were presented with the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

  • Tim Scholl Presents Paper

    November 9, 2015

    Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and comparative literature and director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, presented the paper “Among Empires: Marius Petipa’s Responses to Late Nineteenth-Century Russian Nationalisms” at the international symposium From Bordeaux to St. Petersburg, Marius Petipa and the Russian Ballet, held October 21-23 in Bordeaux, France.

    The conference was funded by French UNESCO and marked the first time an academic conference was held in France to celebrate the work of the French-Russian choreographer who created the basis of the ballet repertory now considered classic: Sleeping Beauty, the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and scores of other dances.

  • Tim Scholl Appointed Director of Center for Languages and Cultures

    August 17, 2015

    Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and comparative literature, has been appointed director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures (OCLC), effective July 1, 2015.

    Under Sebastiaan Faber’s leadership, the OCLC was instrumental in creating greater synergies among departments and divisions of the college. Scholl hopes that the OCLC will remain as successful in fostering those collaborations and looks forward to exploring new possibilities for international study during winter term and with the Office of Study Away.

  • Tim Scholl Gives Lecture

    February 24, 2015

    Tim Scholl, professor of Russian and comparative literature, gave the lecture "From Moscow and Back: Creating and Assessing the 'National' Ballets of Caucasia in the 1930s" at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University on February 13, 2015.