Humanities Institute Faculty Advisory Board

Ona Renner-Fahey

Ona Renner-Fahey

Professor, Russian

Home Department: World Languages & Cultures
Office: LA 329

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Professor of Russian

Department of World Languages and Cultures 


Recipent of the Distinguished Teaching Award at The University of Montana. 2018. 

Recipient of the 2016 AATSEEL Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Postsecondary Level. San Francisco. February 2017.


Courses (Those preceded by an asterisk are language courses):

* RUSS 101: First-year Russian

RUSS 105: Introduction to Russian Culture (Online; Optional Honors section)

* RUSS 301 and 302: Third-year Russian

* RUSS 411: Pushkin's Eugene Onegin 

* RUSS 424: The Russian Short Story

* RUSS 440: Russian Poetry

RUSS 494 Seminar: Women and Gender in Russian Culture (Upper-division writing course; Optional Honors section)

Translation: Theory and Practice

Nature and the Environment: Germany, Russia, Japan (co-taught)


Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2002

Dissertation: Mythologies of Poetic Creation in Twentieth-Century Russian Verse (Osip Mandelstam, Anna Akhmatova, Joseph Brodsky, Olga Sedakova)


              M.A., Middlebury College, 1994


              B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1991

Field of Study

Autobiography, twentieth-century poetry, the creative process, women authors

Selected Publications

“Our only hope was in these plants': Irina Ratushinskaya and the Manipulation of Foodways in a Late Soviet Camp.” Chapter in Seasoned Socialism: Gender and Food in Late Soviet Everyday Life  (93-131). Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2019.

"Fear and the ‘Fantastic’ in Hanna Krall’s ‘The Dybbuk’ and Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist." Filoteknos. (vol. 4: Mimesis and beyond in Fictional Worlds) University of Wroclaw, 2013/14.

Routledge On-Line Encyclopedia of Modernism. (Entry on Anna Akhmatova). New York: Routledge, 2014. 

“Diary of a Devoted Child: Nadezhda Durova’s Self-Presentation in The Cavalry Maiden.” The Slavic and East European Journal. 53.2, 2009.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Contemporary Russian Culture (Entries on Anna Akhmatova, Olga Sedakova, Elena Shvarts, and the Russian Nobel Prize winners.) 2006.

Dryzhakova, Elena.  “Madness as a Humanitarian Problem in Dostoevsky’s The Double.” (Translation.) Madness and the Mad in Russian Culture. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007.

In Praise of Aphrodite: Translation of and Interpretive Essay on Marina Tsvetaeva’s Poetic Cycle. The Silver Age Journal, 5, 2002.



Efron, Ariadna  No Love without Poetry: The Memoirs of Marina Tsvetaeva’s Daughter. Ed. and trans. Diane Nemec Ignashev. Evanston, ILL: Northwestern UP, 2009. In Slavic and East European Journal. 53.4 (2010.)

Stock, Ute. The Ethics of the Poet: Marina Tsvetaeva’s Art in the Light of Conscience. Modern Humanities Research Association Texts and Dissertations, Vol.  62. Leeds, England: Maney Publishing, 2005. In Slavic and East European Journal. 50.2 (2006.)

Tsvetaeva, Marina. Milestones: A Bilingual Edition. Trans. Robin Kemball. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2003. In Slavic and East European Journal 48.3 (2005).


Teaching Experience

University of Montana:

    Full Professor 2021-present

    Associate Professor 2009-2021

    Assistant Professor, 2003-2009

The Ohio State University:

    Senior Lecturer, Spring Quarter 2002

Ohio Wesleyan University:

    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Spring Semester 2002

    Instructor, Autumn Semester 2000 through Autumn Semester 2001

International Experience

Since coming to UM, have led numerous short-term study-abroad experiences to Russia. 

Spent 3 weeks on an exchange in Northwest China through the Mansfield Center. July 2007. 

Participated in an international conference in Wroclaw, Poland. May 2007.

Studied at Moscow State University as an undergraduate (1991) and as a graduate student (1993-94).