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Faculty Profile

Alyssa DeBlasio

Associate Professor of Russian (2010)

Contact Information

Bosler Hall Room 115


Her teaching and research interests fall primarily along the intersections of Russian philosophy, literature, and cinema. She is also interested in language learning through film and media, as well as practical translation skills for advanced language courses. Before coming to Dickinson, Prof. DeBlasio taught in the Department of Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia). In 2014 she published "The End of Russian Philosophy" (Palgrave), which looks at the transition of the discipline of philosophy in Russia from the 1990s through the 2000s. Her second book is "The Filmmaker's Philosopher" (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), which looks at the influence of Georgian philosopher Merab Mamardashvili on the Russian-Soviet film industry. At Dickinson she also contributes to the Philosophy Department and the Film Studies Program.


  • M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Ph.D., 2010


  • Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

RUSS 202 Intermediate Russian II
Emphasis on the development of reading, speaking, and writing skills. Reading of simple texts to acquaint the student with a variety of styles of the Russian language, concentration on some of the more difficult problems in the Russian grammar, translation, written composition, vocabulary building, and intonation. Prerequisite: 201 or equivalent.

RUSS 248 Russian Culture & the Environ
NOTE: Taught in English.

INTD 500 Independent Study