Denis Crnkovic


Professor, Director of Russian & Eastern European Studies in Russian

Born and raised in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a family of Croatian and German origin, Dr. Crnković attended Franklin and Marshall College and the Russian School of Norwich University. He received an A.B. in Russian Language and Literature from F&M in 1974. After working for two years as a free-lance translator, he studied Slavic literatures at Yale University, where he received the PhD in 1985 after defending his dissertation on the "Rhythmical and Syntactical Structures in the Life of Aleksandr Nevskij." He completed post-doctoral work at Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) State University in Saint Petersburg, Russia. After serving as lector and instructor of Croatian and Russian at Yale and teaching for a year at Trinity College (Hartford, Connecticut) he came to Gustavus in 1984, where he is currently Professor of Russian Language and Literature and Director of the Russian Language and Area Studies program. He has also served as Director of Curriculum II, the College's intensive integrated general education program.

In addition to offering numerous courses in Russian language and literature, Prof. Crnković has also conducted seminars on Central European Literature, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Modern and Contemporary Russian Culture. As part of Gustavus' emphasis on international education Professor Crnković has traveled and taught regularly in Central and Eastern Europe.

With an expertise in medieval Slavic literatures, Dr. Crnković maintains an active research agenda. His article, "Isocolic Structures and Graphemetic Features in the Croatian Church Slavic Regula Sancti Benedicti," has appeared in Studi Slavistici and his recently completed book, Ki lipo umije Čtiti: Rhythm and Structure in the Croatian Glagolitic Church Books, is scheduled for publication in 2014. He is currently working on an in-depth study of the Glagolitic versions of the Life of St. Wenceslaus. In the summer of 2009, Prof. Crnković participated in the NEH seminar "The Re-formation of the Book 1450-1650" in Antwerp and Oxford. In the summer of 2012 Dr Crnković attended the University of Zagreb Summer Croaticum under the auspices of the U.S. Title VIII critical language program and completed extensive research at the Church Slavic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia.

Besides his scholarly and pedagogical interests, Prof. Crnković is an amateur musician who has sung with the Lancaster (Penna.), Musica Sacra, the Yale Russian Chorus, and the Te Deum Gregorian Choir, and  the Schola Gregoriana Ss Petri & Pauli dedicata. He is also an accomplished artisan in typography and printing on the letterpress.


A.B. Franklin & Marshall College; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Yale University

Courses Taught


RUS-102 (Elementary Russian II), RUS-202 (Intermediate Russian II), RUS-223 (Russian Literature Since 1900), and RUS-323 (Russian Literature Since 1900)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
RUS-102Elementary Russian II152013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
RUS-101Elementary Russian I142013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
RUS-202Intermediate Russian II142013/SP, 2012/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2009/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2003/SP, 2002/SP, 2001/SP, 2000/SP, and 1999/SP
RUS-201Intermediate Russian I122013/FA, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
CUR-250Literary Experience82008/SP, 2007/SP, 2006/SP, 2005/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
RUS-251Conversation and Phonetics72012/FA, 2010/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
RUS-253Composition62013/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, and 2002/FA
RUS-372Russian Literature to 190052007/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, 2001/SP, and 1999/SP
RUS-344ST:Structure of Russn42011/FA, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP
CUR-100Historical Perspective I42008/FA
RUS-244Special Topic: Dostoevsky42005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/SP, and 2001/SP
RUS-32119th Cent Russian Lit32013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
RUS-22119th Cent Russian Lit32013/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
RUS-374Twentieth Century Russian Literature32004/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
RUS-223Russian Literature Since 190022012/SP and 2010/SP
RUS-323Russian Literature Since 190022012/SP and 2010/SP
CUR-140Biblical Tradition22008/FA
RUS-268Career Exploration22005/JN and 2004/JN
RUS-237Russian and East European Literature22003/SP and 2000/SP
FTS-100FTS:Russian Culture12013/FA
CUR-399Senior Seminar12010/FA
MLC-268Career Exploration12008/JN
NDL-206Russian Literature and Culture12006/JN
NDL-208Vienna, Prague, and Budapest12004/JN
MFL-200Tolstoy's War and Peace12003/JN
NDL-108Vienna, Prague, and Budapest12002/JN
NDL-130Vienna, Prague, and Budapest12000/JN

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.