- BA, Swarthmore College,1982
- MA, Columbia University 1986
- PhD, Columbia University,1994
Professor Newlin teaches both Russian language (in recent years mostly first-year Russian) and a range of literature courses in translation, including Tolstoy and Dostoevsky; Literature and the Woman Question in Nineteenth-Century Russia; Literature and the Land: Nature-Writing in Russia and America; and The Meaning of Life: Dispatches from Nineteenth-Century Russia.
He has also been closely involved for some years with the Environmental Studies Program.
His scholarly interests focus on 18th- and 19th-century Russian literature and history, Russian visual culture, and the history of ecological ideas in Russia. He is author of The Voice in the Garden: Andrei Bolotov and the Anxieties of Russian Pastoral (Northwestern, 2001).
He is currently writing a book that explores the ways 19th-century Russian writers, artists, and scientists looked at and represented the natural world.