Ph.D. in Russian Language and Literature, Associate Dean of Alumni Education, Columbia College; Adjunct Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Columbia University, 202 Hamilton Hall, MC2811 1130 Amsterdam Ave · New York, NY 10027.


President, International Dostoevsky Society (2007-2013); Honorary President, International Dostoevsky Society (2013-present); Executive Secretary, North American Dostoevsky Society (1998-2013)


2016  Donald Barton Johnson Award for best essay published in Nabokov Studies that year: “Lolita as Petersburg Text.”

2012  Lehrpreis zur Förderung von Innovationen in der Lehre from the University of Leuphana for her Skype class “Love and Madness: Reading Nabokov’s Lolita.”


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Ph.D. Thesis: Dostoevsky and the Temptation of Rhetoric, 1990


Field of Research: Dostoevsky - Nineteenth-Century Russian Prose - Narrative and Rhetorical Theory - Shame Studies and the Novel.


Selected Works:

- Martinsen, Deborah Surprised by Shame: Dostoevsky’s Liars and Narrative Exposure. OSU Narrative Series, 2003.

- Martinsen, Deborah. Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment: A Reader’s Guide (forthcoming Academic Studies Press, 2021).

- Martinsen, Deborah, editor. Literary Journals in Imperial Russia. Cambridge 1997.

- Martinsen, Deborah, et al, editors. Teaching Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap. Academic Studies Press, 2014.

- Martinsen, Deborah, and Olga Mairova, editors. Dostoevsky in Context. Cambridge, 2016.



Associate Dean of Alumni Education, Adjunct Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, and Adjunct Lecturer of English and Comparative Literature.