My name is Basil Lvoff -
или Василий Львов (Vasily Lvov), если мы общаемся по-русски.
I am a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature (specializing in Slavic Studies) and a Candidate of Philology in Literary Criticism (equivalent to a Ph.D. degree). On the Scholarship page, you may read about my American and Russian dissertations (defended at the CUNY Graduate Center and Moscow State University, respectively), as well as about my articles, conference papers, and other talks I have been invited to deliver or organized myself.
Based in New York City, I have taught a variety of culture, literature, history, and language courses at Columbia University as well as at Barnard, Hunter, and Baruch Colleges. I currently work at Hunter College, in the Division of Russian and Slavic Studies and in M.A.T.I. (Master of Arts in Translation and Interpreting); and at the United Nations International School, as a teacher of Russian.
Inspired by New York's multiculturalism and multilingualism, I have also launched Moving Lyrics--an international poetry/film workshop and festival, held at Columbia University, Hunter College, Indiana University, and Moscow State University, supported by the Harriman Institute and other organizations.
Outside of academia, I am engaged in creative writing and poetic translation, as well as documentary filmmaking (as a scriptwriter, grant writer, and a story consultant).
Previously, I worked as a journalist. That is also why I always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with journalists, as an interviewee and not only.
Whatever your interest may be, if you would like to get in touch, I am at your service.