Oksana Willis

Оксана Юрьевна Уиллис

Oksana Willis comes to Harvard from four years teaching as an Assistant Professor at the Defense Language Institute in California. During her service there, she has focused on foreign language acquisition theories and practices. As a native-speaker of Russian, she has taught all levels of Russian language and culture, led the Russian language immersion program, and collaborated on writing the Russian Basic Course Textbook. She also trained DLI faculty in Foreign Language pedagogy and technology. 


Interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to Russian literature, Russian Modernism and Postmodernism; urban studies; spatiality and corporeality of literary text; Vladimir Nabokov, Georgy Ivanov, and Vladimir Sorokin.

Current Projects

  • Translation of Georgy Ivanov’s memoirs Petersburg Winters (in collaboration with Jerome Katsell)
  • Develop eBooks for foreign language classroom


Ph.D. (2009), Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Literature