Professor of Russian Wins Teaching Award

Maria Hristova, assistant professor of Russian, is the latest recipient of the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award.
  • Maria Hristova
    Steve Hambuchen

Maria Hristova, assistant professor of Russian, is the latest recipient of the Arnold L. and Lois S. Graves Award. This prestigious award, administered by Pomona College and the American Council of Learned Societies, recognizes junior faculty who demonstrate teaching excellence in the humanities. The two-year award also includes an $11,000 grant to support new research opportunities. Hristova will use the grant for her proposed project, “The Environmental Turn in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cultures.” Her plan also includes a multifaceted approach to expand post-Soviet environmental studies, both at Lewis & Clark and in the wider Slavic studies community.

“This award will help me expand and diversify the Russian Section curriculum,” says Hristova. “I think these new courses will attract students interested in environmental issues who might not otherwise consider taking a course in the Russian program.” Hristova’s award continues a string of Graves Award successes by the Lewis & Clark faculty. Previous recipients over the last 20 years include Magalí Rabasa (2020), Bryan Sebok (2018), Kristin Fujie (2014), Rachel Cole (2012), Joel Martinez (2010), Karen Gross (2008), and David Campion (2006).