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Professor of Russian
Ph.D., Stanford University

Office Hours — Spring 2020

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Areas of Research

Language and Politics; Contemporary Russian Culture; New Media Culture; 20th and 21st-century Russian Literature; Language Pedagogy


Michael Gorham is Professor of Russian Studies at the University of Florida, and Associate Editor of Russian Review and Russian Language Journal. He teaches language at all levels, as well as courses in literature, culture, and the Russian mass media. He received his Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University. Gorham has published a number of articles on the intersection of language, literature, and politics in Russia in the 1920s and 1930s. His book on this topic, Speaking in Soviet Tongues: Language Culture and the Politics of Voice in Revolutionary Russia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2003), was selected as an “Outstanding Academic Book” by Choice Magazine and won the 2004 award for “Best Book in Literary and Cultural Studies” from the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). His current research (with articles published in Russian Review, Ab Imperio, and a number of edited volumes) explores related issues of language, politics, and national identity in late- and post-Soviet Russia. External research grants and fellowships have come from such institutions as the Social Science Research Council, the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, The American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) and The International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX).


After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin

by Michael S. Gorham

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Digital Russia: The Language, Culture, and Politics of New Media Communication

Edited by Michael Gorham, Ingunn Lunde, and Martin Paulsen

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