Peter Rollberg

Professor Peter Rollberg
Sabbatical AY 2022-23 Professor of Slavic Languages, Film Studies and International Affairs; Director of Russian Literature
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Dr. Rollberg earned his Ph.D. in 1988 at the University of Leipzig, Germany. He came to GWU in 1991 after teaching at Duke University in 1990/91. His main field of expertise is Russian literature and film. His publications include articles in Russian, English, and German on Bogdanov, Bulgakov, Nabokov, Grossman, Makanin, Kim, and Russian cinema, as well as translations of Russian literature. He has edited contemporary Russian short stories (White Mourning, 1989) and the works of Aleksandr Bogdanov (Red Star, 1989). Together with Dagmar Kassek,  he edited five volumes of essays on literary theory and Slavic studies. In 1993, the Kennan Institute included his monograph Invisible Transcendence: Vladimir Makanin’s Outsiders in its Occasional Papers series. In 1996, he published volume 10 of The Modern Encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic, and Eurasian Literatures (Academic International Press) and in 1997, a festschrift in honor of Charles Moser, entitled And Meaning for a Life Entire. Professor Rollberg won the Trachtenberg Teaching Award in 2001 and a Bender Teaching Prize in 1999. From 1999 to 2001, he was Chair of the German and Slavic Department, from 2001 to 2003, he served as Director of the University Honors Program, and from 1997 to 2010, he directed GW's Film Studies Program. He was Chair of the Department of Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures from 2006 to 2009.


  • 2010 - The A to Z of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Lanham, Toronto, Plymouth: The Scarecrow Press/Rowman&Littlefield; 832 pp. (Paperback edition of Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema)
  • 2009 - Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema. Lanham, Maryland – Toronto – Plymouth: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • 2008 - "Tri ottsa Sergiia." Kinovedcheskie zapiski, 88 (2008), pp. 32-43. ["Three Times Father Sergius."]
  • 2008 - “Sergei Bondarchuk’s And Quiet Flows the Don.” In: KinoKultura: New Russian Cinema, Issue 21 (July 2008).
  • 2008 - "Shaliapin and Cinema." In: Transactions of the Association of Russian American Scholars in the U.S.A. Vol. XXXIV (2007), pp. 169-87.