Laura Givens

Senior Lecturer in Russian
MA, University of Washington

423 Lattimore Hall
(585) 275-4261

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 12:45–1:45 pm, or by appointment


Laura Givens is co-translator of Stories from a Siberian Village by Russian writer, actor, and director Vasily Shukshin, arguably the most popular Soviet artist to emerge in the post-Stalin period. The anthology—which was a finalist for 'Best Translation" by the American Association of Teachers of Slavic & East European Languages in 1997—is the most comprehensive collection of Shukshin's stories to appear in English. Givens was also translator of Russian Studies in Literature, a quarterly journal of translations from the Russian literary press, from 1997 to 2000, translating twelve issues in all. Givens has also worked with opera students to help them perfect their Russian diction for performance.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • RUS 101  Elementary Russian I – Recitation (Fall)
  • RUS 102  Elementary Russian II – Recitation (Spring)
  • RUS 111  Rushin' Through Russian: Intensive Elementary Russian (Summer)
  • RUS 151  Intermediate Russian I (Fall)
  • RUS 152  Intermediate Russian II (Spring)
  • RUS 200  Advanced Russian I (Spring 2014)
  • RUS 202  Advanced Readings in Russian I (Fall 2016)
  • RUS 205  Advanced Readings in Russian II (Spring 2016)
  • RUS 209  Advanced Russian Through Film (Spring 2017)

Selected Publications


Russian language at all levels.