Carnegie Mellon University

David Parker

David Parker

Assistant Teaching Professor of Russian Studies

Department of Modern Languages
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Slavic Languages & Literatures (2021). M.A., Stanford University, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (2013). B.A., Middlebury College, Russian and East European Studies (2010).


My research explores literary depictions of the individual within late Soviet prose, particularly in relation to the modernist and socialist realist literature that dominated the first half of 20th-century Russian literature. As a language instructor, I advocate for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchange, both as an object of study as well as within the classroom itself to enrich the learning experience for all students. In addition to Russia and the former Soviet Union, my work also explores the concept of "Yugoslavism" and the cultural history of former Yugoslavia.

  • 20th Century Russian Prose
  • Late-Soviet Literature & Pop Culture
  • Yugoslav Modernism
  • Russian Language Pedagogy
  • 20th Century Russian Masterpieces
  • Elementary Russian
  • Intermediate Russian

Department Member Since 2021