My name is Basil Lvoff -
или Василий Львов, если мы общаемся по-русски.
I am a Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature (specializing in Slavic Studies) and a Kandidat Nauk (Russian Ph.D. equivalent) in Literary Criticism. 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, conferences 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.
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).
A separate project is my cultural podcast Bazilevs, which is my homage to the times when I worked as a journalist. That is also why I always welcome the opportunity to collaborate with my former fellow journalists as an interviewee.
Whatever your interest may be, if you would like to get in touch, I am at your service.