Assistant Professor of Russian
Division of Literature and Languages
Naomi Caffee earned a B.A. from Grinnell College (2004) and an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in Slavic Languages and Literatures from UCLA. Prior to her arrival at Reed, she taught Russian language and literature courses at UCLA and the University of Arizona, where she also developed interdisciplinary offerings such as "Nuclear Literatures," "Multicultural Russia," and "Language, Power, and Identity in the Post-Communist World." In 2018 she co-organized and led two study abroad programs: a trip to the Moscow region as part of the course "Russian and American Foodways," and a Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad trip to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Naomi's research concerns minority and transnational writing in Russian, with a particular focus on authors from Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Siberia. Her work has taken her to Azerbaijan, Abkhazia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Arctic. Her publications include the articles "How Tatiana’s Voice Rang Across the Steppe: Russian Literature in the Life and Legend of Abai” (2018), and "The Transformation of Azerbaijani Orientalists into Islamic Thinkers after 1991" (2011, co-authored with Altay Goyushov and Robert Denis), as well as Verses on the Saami Land (2009), a translation of poetry by the indigenous Saami writer Askold Bazhanov. Her current project is a book entitled Russophonia: Writing the Wide Russian World.