David J GallowayAssociate Professor of Russian Area Studies

Joined faculty in 1999

Ph.D., Slavic Studies, Cornell University
M.A., Slavic Studies, Cornell University
B.A., Russian, B.A. English, University of Maryland, College Park

Contact Information

Smith Hall

Scholarly Interest

Russian Prison literature, specifically ways in which later writers (post 1979) orient their narratives vis a vis the existing literary tradition
Russian folklore as a language/culture teaching tool

Courses Taught

Beginning Russian
Russian Prison Literature
Russian Folklore
Russia and the Environment
Independent studies in advanced Russian


AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages)
AAASS (American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies)
ACTR (American Council of Teachers of Russian)


I embrace the idea of cultural studies in my work from the point of view that the traditional separate disciplines inform each other when viewed as a composite whole. Courses I teach, such as Russian Prison Literature, depend heavily on historical and social contexts. Likewise, my course on Russian folklore naturally extends into areas of art (both folk and "high"), music, theater, and literature. I hope that my students gain a sense of the larger picture of Russian culture from my classes, and are able to see the many ways their personal interests may take root in all things Russian.