Stephen Andrew Bruce

Stephen Andrew Bruce


  • Columbia University — MPhil and PhD in Slavic Languages (in progress)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — MA in History, 2015
  • Yale University — BA in Humanities, 2009
  • Semester at Smolny College, St. Petersburg, Russia, fall 2007


  • “The Pan-European Justification of a Multilingual Russian Society in the Late Eighteenth Century.” In French and Russian in Imperial Russia, edited by Derek Offord, Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, Vladislav Rjeoutski, and Gesine Argent, 2:16–30. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015.

Conference Presentations

  • “Shifting Nationality in the Literature of the Chechen Wars: Shevelëv’s Ne russkii and Sadulaev’s Ia — chechenets!” Princeton-Columbia Slavic Conference, Princeton University, April 6, 2019.
  • “The Limits of Empire: Real and Imagined Explorations of Southeastern Europe by Russian Travelers in the Early 19th Century.” Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies Convention, Boston, MA, December 8, 2018.
  • “The Sofa Traveler: A. F. Vel’tman’s Wanderer Maps a Fictional Empire.” Northeastern Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies Conference, NYU Jordan Center, April 7, 2018.
  • “Vel’tman’s The Wanderer: Armchair Travel and Imperial Imagination.” sPACE and pLACE: The Mini-Conference, Columbia University, February 17, 2018.
  • “The Role of Language in the Attempts to Build a Civil Society in Late 18th-Century Russia.” French Language in Russian Conference, University of Bristol, England, September 13, 2012.


  • 2019–2020: Second-Year Russian, Columbia University.
  • 2018–2019: First-Year Russian, Columbia University.
  • 2016–2017: English as a second language (children and adults, all levels), Language Link, Moscow, Russia.


  • English (native), French and Russian (advanced)
  • German and Latin (intermediate)
  • Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Turkish (basic)

Research Interests

"Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literature Travel narratives, literature of empire, fantasy and science fiction Cultural and intellectual history of Russia French language in Russia (149)"