Vladimir Ivantsov

  • Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies

Areas of Study


  • PhD, McGill University, 2018
  • Kandidat nauk (PhD equivalent), St. Petersburg State University, 2007


Prior to coming to Oberlin, Vladimir Ivantsov taught at Williams College, McGill University, and St. Petersburg State University. His research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics, including Dostoevsky, 20th-century Russian culture, existentialist literature and philosophy, and rock music.

He published a book on the contemporary Russian writer Vladimir Makanin.

Professor Ivantsov will be teaching Georgia: The Crossroad of Civilizations as a part of the June Language and Culture Intensives.

Fall 2024

Rebellion, Revolution, Rock-'n'-Roll: Art and Dissent in Russia — FYSP 085
Intermediate Russian — RUSS 203

Spring 2025

The Existentialist Imagination in Russia and Europe — CMPL 225
The Existentialist Imagination in Russia and Europe — REEE 225
Dostoevsky Is Not for Reading on the Beach: The 19th-Century Russian Novel — REEE 335


Vladimir Ivantsov Publishes Chapter in Book Dedicated to Writer Ivan Goncharov

February 4, 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Vladimir Ivantsov has published a chapter in the book Goncharov in the Twenty-First Century (Academic Studies Press, 2021) dedicated to the prominent 19th-century Russian writer Ivan Goncharov. In his chapter, Ivantsov explores themes of Plato’s philosophy in Goncharov’s most famous novel Oblomov (1859), offering a new interpretation of the Russian classic. 

Vladimir Ivantsov chairs North American Dostoevsky Society essay contest

July 8, 2021

Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Vladimir Ivantsov has organized and chaired the 2020-21 North American Dostoevsky Society Undergraduate Student Essay Contest. The Contest is designed to recognize outstanding undergraduate essays focused on the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. More on this can be found on the official blog of the North American Dostoevsky Society.


College of Arts and Sciences Welcomes New Faculty for 2023-24

September 18, 2023

Students choose Oberlin—and thrive at Oberlin—because of the nurturing mentorship of the outstanding faculty who guide their learning. We are honored to welcome the newest additions to our faculty across the College of Arts and Sciences for 2023-24.