Amanda Ewington

Professor of Russian and Chair of Russian Studies


Ph.D., M.A. University of Chicago
B.A. Barnard College

I have been teaching at Davidson since 2002, offering a broad range of courses in Russian language, literature, and culture.  I especially enjoy participating in the Davidson Writing Program with my WRI 101 course, “Russia & the West.”  My fascination with Russia’s 18th-century westernization informs my two books: A Voltaire for Russia: A.P. Sumarokov’s Journey from Poet-Critic to Russian Philosophe (Northwestern University Press, 2010) and Russian Women Poets of the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries (University of Toronto Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, 2014).

I first traveled to Russia as a sophomore in high school and began studying the language during my freshman year at Barnard College.  I have returned to Russia many times since, both with student groups and for solo research trips, including a year-long stay in St. Petersburg under the auspices of a Fulbright Dissertation Research Abroad grant.  In addition to Russian, I speak French, having spent a year living in Saint Malo during high school and a semester in Paris during college.  I live in Davidson with my husband and two sons.

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce faculty colleagues to Russian culture during our two-week Studio R immersion trip under the auspices of a New Innovation grant from the office of Davidson College President, Dr. Carol Quillen.