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Faculty Profile

Alyssa DeBlasio

(she/her/hers)Associate Professor of Russian; John B. Parsons Chair in the Liberal Arts & Sciences (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

2022-2023 Academic Year

Fall 2022

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

RUSS 101 Elementary Russian
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Russian grammar, with an emphasis on the development of reading, writing, speaking, and understanding skills. Short stories and songs will supplement the text.

INTD 500 Independent Study