PSI Program Director: Dr. David Bethea
David Bethea is Professor Emeritus in Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his PhD in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Kansas in 1977. His teaching responsibilities during the academic year included introductory literature in translation courses for students with no background in Russian, advanced Russian language courses, and specialized graduate seminars on Aleksandr Pushkin and other areas of Russian culture. Professor Bethea served as Chair of the UW-Madison Slavic Department for ten years; he was also the director of the Middlebury College Russian School for nine years, and thus has extensive experience with intensive, residential summer language programs. An internationally respected specialist on Aleksandr Pushkin and his era, Prof. Bethea is the author of numerous books and articles including, most recently, The Superstitious Muse: Thinking Russian Literature Mythopoetically. http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/43
PSI On-Site Director: Anya Nesterchouk
Anya Nesterchouk is a lecturer in the Department of English and the previous instructional lead/curriculum designer for the Pushkin Summer Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anya Nesterchouk is an experienced ESL/EFL/RFL language instructor and administrator. She holds a Master's degree in Philology, MS in Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently a PhD student in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Over the last twenty years she has been building expertise in world language instruction, curriculum design, ESL/RFL teacher training and mentoring, as well as managing several non-profit community language schools. Anya has been with the Pushkin Summer Institute since the beginning of the program in 2012 and became the on-site director in 2018.
CREECA Associate Director: Dr. Jennifer Tishler
Jennifer Tishler received her PhD in Slavic Languages at UW-Madison and has taught Russian language and literature at Dartmouth. Currently she is associate director of CREECA (the Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies) as well as a lecturer in Russian language, literature, and culture (including folklore) in the UW-Madison Slavic Department. http://slavic.lss.wisc.edu/new_web/?q=node/95
Lead Instructor: Anna Borovskaya-Ellis
Anna received her BA and MA in Pedagogical Science and Philology from St. Petersburg State Pedagogical University, named after Herzen A.I. She received a second MA in Slavic Studies from the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO, and completed her PhD in Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anna has served as an instructor for the Pushkin Summer Institute for several years. Her interests include three decades of Polonophilia in the Soviet Union and how Russian poets read, translated, and perceived Polish poetry during that time.
Adam Lieberman holds a Masters degree in Russian Language from the Middlebury College Kathryn Davis School of Russian as well as the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Slavic Languages and Literature. He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic. His research interests include twentieth-century Russian literature, Émigré literature, the North Caucasus, and the works of Vladimir Nabokov. His research examines Nabokov’s works through theoretical frameworks on travel literature, in which he analyzes elements of exploration, quest, Bildungsroman, pilgrimage, or other form of spatial journey to determine how Nabokov not only incorporates travel into the text, but also to examine how and why travel is a central motivating force of the narrative.
I graduated from Tula State Pedagogical University with a degree in English and French. In 2016 I received Fulbright Grant to teach Russian to heritages speakers at Hunter College, CUNY. The Fulbright Program launched my career in the RSL field and helped me increase my teaching expertise. Currently, I am a TA for the Russian Flagship Program at UW-Madison and a 2nd-year graduate student at Slavic Languages and Literature unit of GNS department.
Zach Rewinski (Захар Вильямович) is a PhD Candidate in Slavic at UW-Madison, where he has taught courses across the Russian curriculum, tutored in the Russian Flagship Program, and volunteered in the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project. His current research focuses on historical, social, and political dimensions of Soviet poetry in the 1920s. After several summers of other activities, including one summer in Daugavpils, Latvia, Zach is happy to rejoin the PSI team this summer.