Department of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures


GW Slavic Dept. in 1980. From left to right: Professors Natov, Moser, Yakobson, Rowe (top), Olkhovsky, Thompson, Miller.

Former full-time faculty

Mary Miller taught Russian to generations of students in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. She retired in 1991 and lives in Northern Virginia.

Charles Moser started teaching at GW in the early 1960s. He served as Chair of the Slavic Department throughout in 1980s. After a long and distinguished career he retired to Sofia, Bulgaria, where he can be reached by surface mail: Ploshtad "Narodno Subranie" 12A, Sofia 1000 Bulgaria.

Nadine Natov taught at GW for over 25 years. She retired in 1990 but has remained active in the Dostoevsky Society. She lives in Kensington, MD.

Yuri Olkhovsky officially retired in 1998 and taught Russian Culture through 2002. His career at GW started in 1960.

W.W. Rowe is an indpendent scholar in Washington.

Carl Steiner retired as Chair of the German Department in 1995 after over thirty years at GW. He now lives in the Washington area.

Irene Thompson was at GW from the early 1960s until retirement in 1995. Now residing in Hawaii, she is active in issues of multimedia based, proficiency oriented instruction. E-mail:

Emily Urevich taught Russian language courses in the 1980s. She is now a senior instructor at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.

Helen Yakobson, founder of the Slavic Languages Department retired in 1985 and passed away in 2002.

Former part-time faculty

This is not a comprehensive list.

Olga Campora has taught Czech at GW from 1993 through 1997. She now lives in Baltimore.

Sima Ficks taught readings in the Soviet (Russian) Press through the 1980s and 1990s. She currently resides in Kensington, MD.

Neil Guthrie taught German in the mid-1990s. He now works at Washington DC's Holocaust Museum.

Nikita Moravsky taught Russian Culture during the 1980s. He is now retired in the Washington, DC area.

Joanna Robin, a Golosa co-author, teaches first-year Russian and writes poetry. E-mail:

Andrei Zaitsev taught Fourth-Year Russian and Russian Literature in 2001-2002. He now teaches at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute.