Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer on Slavic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Language Program in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures came to Harvard in 2012 from the University of Chicago where he was a Senior Lecturer in Russian, Slavic Linguistics, and 2nd-Language Acquisition in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures and the founding Academic Director of the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Languages, which he designed and directed for seven years from 2005-2012.

His research interests include cognitive linguistics, case semantics and verbal semantics, corpus linguistics, grammaticalization, and historical linguistics. His primary languages of interest are Russian, Czech, and Polish. He is currently studying Slavic case semantics and verbal semantics utilizing various quantitative methods, including Multidimensional Scaling (MDS) and quantitative corpus linguistics. He is attempting a Deep Learning and topological data analysis exploration of the Slavic languages beginning with Russian.

His publications include the The Chain of BEING and HAVING in Slavic and “The ascent of guy” as well as two books on Slavic case semantics with Laura Janda: The Case Book for Russian (2002), winner of the 2005 AATSEEL book award for best book in language pedagogy and The Case Book for Czech (2006). The Case Book for Polish is forthcoming.

From 2007-2010 he was the president of the Slavic Cognitive Linguistics Association (SCLA), an international organization for Slavic Linguists.


PhD 2000 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
MA 1997 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
BA 1995 Rice University 


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