Jason Merrill

(517) 355-8365

B467 Wells Hall
619 Red Cedar Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesFilm Studies



Ph.D., Russian Literature, University of Kansas

Jason Merrill is a Professor of Russian at Michigan State University and has served as the Director of the Middlebury College Kathryn Wasserman School of Russian since 2010. At Michigan State he teaches Russian language, Russian literature in translation, Russian cinema, and a survey of East European literature and film. He taught at Dartmouth College and Drew University before moving to Michigan State. His literary research continues to focus on the Russian Symbolist author Fedor Sologub in the context of the Symbolist movement, examining questions of influence, plagiarism, and play with intertextuality in his works. He has published articles on Sologub in the journals Russkaia literatura (St. Petersburg), Slavic and East European Journal, Scando-Slavica, Russian Literature, Slavonica, and in several collections. He has published on aspects of Russian cinema in Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema, and on language pedagogy in Russian Language Journal and various collections and newsletters. He has co-authored two Russian-language textbooks, Animation for Russian Conversation (Focus, 2008) and Russian Folktales: A Student Reader (2001, second edition 2016). He co-edited the collection The Art of Teaching Russian (Georgetown UP, 2020) and a special volume of Russian Language Journal dedicated to teaching Russian during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is currently working on a biography of Fedor Sologub.

University News

A Passion for Languages Leads to Degree in Russian
Published May 13, 2020 in College of Arts & Letters
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When Keelyn O’Brien first came to MSU, she was a microbiology student, intent on pursuing a career in virology and vaccine development, but later found a new career path in the Department…Read now »
Merrill to Serve Two More Years as Department Chair
Published May 21, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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Professor Jason Merrill will continue to serve as Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages for an additional two years, or until August 15, 2020….Read now »
Interim Chair of LingLang Appointed
Published March 6, 2017 in College of Arts & Letters
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Professor Jason Merrill has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. The 12-month appointment is effective August…Read now »