Dr. David Bethea

Position title: PSI Program Director

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 include 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