Princeton in St. Petersburg

Princeton Faculty

Red haired woman, looking to her left with tree in backgroundKsana Blank has a B.A. in French language and literature from St. Petersburg (Leningrad) State University, Russia and a Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University, NY. In 2000 she joined the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University, where she teaches upper-level language/literature courses. She has published three books (on Fyodor Dostoevsky, on Nikolai Gogol’s “The Nose,” and a collection of essays on Russian literature and the arts) and a number of articles on Russian literature.

Prior to joining Princeton University she taught courses in Russian language and literature at Columbia University, Middlebury College, and Hunter College. 

To learn more about Ksana Blank, please visit her Princeton University faculty profile.

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Mark Pettus has a B.A. in German and History from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Princeton University. Having spent approximately five years altogether studying and working in Russia, he returned to Princeton in 2011 as a Lecturer, and has taught language courses for Russian, Czech and Polish, Russian literature courses, and a course on Russian rock music. His research has focused on Dostoevsky, Gothic literature, and chronotope in the 19th-century European novel, but he remains broadly interested in Russian prose, poetry, and philosophy, and especially in sharing the riches of Slavic literature with students.

Our graduate student Alexander Jacobson will be on site in June-July, 2020 to help students with practical questions and to guide them through any difficulties they may encounter. Visit his profile.

About the Program

Due to COVID 19 and current travel restrictions, the program will be online in 2021, in collaboration with the Derzhavin Institute. The program will run from May 31 to July 23. Classes will be held from 10 AM to 2 PM, with breaks in between, Mondays through Fridays. The program will include a cultural component: video tours and webinars. For more information, contact the program director Ksana Blank.

Established in 2004, the Princeton in St. Petersburg Program offers Princeton undergraduates a unique chance to improve their knowledge of Russian language and culture during a two-month summer course in St. Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia.

The Program is organized by the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures with financial support from the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS).

The Program is designed for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who have successfully completed RUS 101-102.

Admission to the Program


In order to be eligible for the program, students must take the entire sequence of RUS 101-102 and have a B+ grade or higher in RUS 101. In addition, they should have demonstrated seriousness of purpose through excellent class participation and attendance.

Required Information

Information from other offices at Princeton, e.g. residential colleges, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, University Health Services (with student’s consent) or others, may be requested as part of the application review process to ensure that all students can have a safe and productive international experience. Decisions on individual applications are made on a case by case basis.


Students who accept a place on a program and then, before the program begins, withdraw or cannot participate because they are no longer enrolled at Princeton will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. There are no refunds after the start of the program.


For additional information contact the program director Ksana Blank.