Yale Bulletin and Calendar

November 3, 2000Volume 29, Number 9

Hilary L. Fink

Slavic scholar Hilary Fink is appointed
the Sarai Ribicoff Professor

Hilary L. Fink, named the Sarai Ribicoff Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, teaches 19th- and 20th-century Russian literature, Russian intellectual history and religious thought, comparative literature and Western philosophy in Russian literature, among other topics.

She will be the Ribicoff Professor until June 30, 2003.

Fink is the author of "Bergson and Russian Modernism, 1900-1930," published last year, which was a finalist for the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages' (AATSEEL) Prize for Best Scholarly Book. She is also a poet, and her work has been published by The National Library of Poetry in its anthologies "The Best Poems of the '90s" and "Wind in the Night Sky." Fink was a second-place winner in The National Library of Poetry's 1992 competition, and she won first prize in Columbia University's Pushkin Competition in 1990.

Fink came to Yale as an assistant professor in 1996 after earning her Ph.D. in Russian literature from Columbia University, where she also received an M.A. and M.Phil. in the subject. She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College. She participated in an intensive Chinese-language program at the Beijing Foreign Languages Normal College in China and attended the Georgetown University's Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems.

Fink is director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and is a freshmen faculty adviser in Branford College. She has served on the Undergraduate Admissions Committee, the European Studies Council, the Yale College Steering Committee and the executive committee of the Council on Russian and East European Studies. She was a translation reviewer for the Yale University Press book "Annals of Communism" in 1998.

A recipient of an advanced research fellowship from the International Research & Exchanges Board for study in Moscow in 1995, Fink has taught Russian language at Columbia University and at Middlebury College. This year, she received a Morse Fellowship from Yale. She has also been awarded a Whiting Foundation Fellowship, Harriman Institute Junior Fellowship and a PepsiCo Junior Fellowship.

Fink is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, AATSEEL and the International Association for Philosophy and Literature.


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