Elise Thorsen

PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures "Territory and Empire in Early Soviet Poetry," 2016

MA, Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian Literature), University of Pittsburgh, 2009

BA, Russian Studies, College of William and Mary, 2006


U.S. Student Research Fulbright Award to Kazan′, Russia, 2014-15.

ACTR Title VIII Combined Research and Language Training Fellowship (Moscow, Russia). Sept.-Dec. 2011.

Courses Taught

Russian language (1st and 2nd year; TA for advanced course on topic of "Folk Laughter" taught in Russian)

20th Century Russian Literature

Russian Short Story in Context

Madness and Madmen in Russian Culture

Russian Fairy Tales

Sci-Fi: East and West

Forbidden Love on Page and Screen


Birnbaum, David J., Elise Thorsen. "Markup and meter: Using XML tools to teach a computer to think about versification." Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conf. 2015, Washington, DC, Aug. 11 - 14, 2015. Proceedings of Balisage. vol. 15.

Review of Denis Shabaev's Not My Job (2015). In KinoKultura 54 (October 2016).

Review of Nariman Skakov’s The Cinema of Tarkovsky: Labyrinths of Space and Time. In Slavic and East European Journal 57.1 (Spring 2013): 127-128.

Review of Nila Friedberg's English Rhythms in Russian Verse: On the Experiment of Joseph Brodsky. With David J. Birnbaum. Language 90.3 (September 2014): 765-767.

Research Interests

Contemporary Russian Cinema and Media

Computational Methods in the Humanities

Employment Since Graduation

Open Source Analyst, Novetta

Dissertation Title and Year

Territory and Empire in Early Soviet Poetry, 2016