Tom Newlin

  • Professor of Russian
  • Chair of Russian


  • BA, Swarthmore College,1982
  • MA, Columbia University 1986
  • PhD, Columbia University,1994


Tom 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 also 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.


Russian Evolution

June 1, 2023

Curiosity led Emma Kim to study Eastern Europe at Oberlin. Now a state department scholarship has her curious about living and studying there.

This Week in Photos: A Walk in the Park

September 25, 2020

On any given day a walk through Tappan Square could lead to a performance, art exhibit, or even a wedding day photo shoot. On this day the park is many things for many people.

Faculty Members Receive Promotions

May 15, 2019

Eleven faculty members have been promoted to the rank of professor or associate professor. We asked each about their most memorable experience and what they enjoy about being a professor.